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WKPS is a non-political environmental pressure group, registered charity 261992.   We have three main aims:

  • To protect and enhance the character and environment of the Wealden towns, villages and countryside
  • To safeguard the amenities of the Weald of Kent
  • To cultivate a wider interest in and care for the beauty, history and character of the Weald of Kent
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The Planning Committee met early October in Iden Green. This bulletin contains news relating to applications dealt with and decisions handed down since the last meeting in early September, as well as proposed future action on some current applications.

NB – Please see the end of this newsletter for details of WKPS public meeting on Wednesday October 26 2016 at 8.00 p.m in Goudhurst






15/01280/AS – Erection of stables (amended scheme to 10/00873/AS) and creation of 4m hard surface track at field gate (part retrospective). WKPS objected. ABC PERMITTED (in part).

15/01160/AS Danemore, Beachy Path, Tenterden – Demolition of existing Sheltered Housing Scheme, four bungalows and former St John Ambulance building (vacant). Erection of Sheltered Housing Scheme consisting of 34 apartments, four chalet bungalows and associated landscaping and car parking. WKPS supported. ABC APPROVED.

16/01145/AS 3 - 4 Yew Tree Cottage, Grange Road, Tenterden TN30 6DS – Demolition of garage & shed, demolition of outside WC and erection of a pair of semi-detached houses with sheds (revision to planning permission granted under 16/00741. WKPS supported. ABC APPROVED.

16/01165/AS Oast at Church Farm, Church Hill, High Halden – Conversion of oasthouse to dwelling including link, flue, landscaping and access. WKPS supported. WITHDRAWN BY APPLICANT.

16/01194/AS Saracens Paddock, Pluckley Road, Pluckley TN27 0SA – Outline application for the erection of a new dwelling. WKPS objected. WITHDRAWN BY APPLICANT.

16/00608/AS Kippington, Redbrook Street, High Halden TN26 3QU – Part single/part two storey rear extension and provision of new windows. WKPS objected to original application. The revised scheme was acceptable so no further comment made. ABC PERMITTED.

16/00871/AS Buss Farm, Tuesnoad Lane, Bethersden TN26 3EQ – Certificate of Lawful Development – proposed – mobile home located on farmland. WKPS objected. WITHDRAWN BY APPLICANT.


A letter was received from a lady in Shadoxhurst expressing her concern about the lack of accommodation for single people (young & older). The wrong houses are being built. Chair to respond in agreement with her concerns and to say that we are pressing this issue.

TWBC & ABC are to allocate more land for housing. Parishes have been asked to look at sites previously submitted for development. The committee thinks that the councils should look at brownfield sites.


IMPORTANT NOTE: This paragraph deals with actions planned rather than already taken. Readers are asked to note that the opinions and action points are those expressed by the planning committee as a whole. They are not always final decisions. Many items discussed at meetings require further research before we reach a final decision on action to be taken.

16/01411/AS Land NE side of Pickhill Business Centre, Smallhythe Road, Tenterden – Expansion of Pickhill Business Centre comprising the erection of commercial floorspace (Class B1); a children’s day nursery (Class D1); access, parking, landscaping and drainage. This is the expansion of an existing site with similar design two storey buildings. Although within the AONB, it will provide much needed office space and a nursery school in the Tenterden area, as it will blend with the existing business centre. WKPS to support.

16/01328/AS Magpie Farm, The Street, Appledore, TN26 2AE – Demolition of existing dwelling, workshop and buildings. Erection of five detached dwellings together with associated parking, garaging, access and landscaping. 5 no. 4 bed houses on a brownfield site which may become an allocated housing site. A site to the south has already been allocated. The proposed houses are very tall at 9m and will be very intrusive on the surroundings, the chimneys should be of brick rather than stone, with the chimneys themselves being imposing. Roof lines need modifying to lower them into the landscape. ABC needs to get a grip on the size of housing needed in villages. Demand for smaller houses. Each of the plots could contain a pair of 2 bed semi-detached houses rather than 4 bed detached. WKPS to query with ABC whether this is to be an allocated site before we comment on the application. PS – WKPS commented to ABC on 10 October: However, as additional sites have been submitted for development in Appledore and other parishes, we would prefer that ABC make a definite decision on the additional allocations to be included in their revised draft Local Plan before any consideration is given to this site, or indeed to any others where similar applications are made.

16/01271/AS Courtlands, Church Hill, Bethersden TN26 3AQ – Demolition of existing buildings and residential development comprising 16 houses, public car park and area of open space. Allocated site. Mostly supportive comments from the public so far. Too many large houses, not enough 2 bed houses, unclear whether affordable housing requirement is being met, ugly design that needs revision. Neighbourhood plan is in the early stages. WKPS to comment generally.

16/01319/AS Herwish, Martens Lane, High Halden TN26 3JP – Erection of a detached 3 bedroom bungalow. Applicant has a smallholding and a mobile home exists on this site (WKPS supported). Circumstances have changed since the original application years ago for a house, making new homes in the countryside less acceptable. WKPS understands that the deciding factor will be a viability study on the smallholding, and will comment accordingly.

16/01431/AS Milee, Nickley Wood Road, Shadoxhurst TN26 1LZ – Change of use of land for the stationing of 4 gypsy pitches and associated development and the erection of a goat barn. This is a repeat application which was approved a year ago. Local residents asked for a judicial review citing 4 arguments. Judge accepted the argument that the LPA had not taken sufficient care to protect the woodland and the permission was quashed. WKPS to object.

16/1232/AS Three Oak Drive, Nickley Wood Road, Shadoxhurst TN26 1LZ – Stationing of two additional mobile homes (retrospective): new information and extended deadline. WKPS previously commented about the lack of proof of traveller status and evidence of 10 year occupation. ABC queried with applicant. Proof and evidence is still lacking. WKPS to object.

16/06425/TW Rose Cottage and Willow Lodge, North Road, Goudhurst TN17 1HY – Demolition of two existing dwellings and erection of two pairs of semi-detached dwellings and one detached dwelling with associated landscaping works and relocation of access. Inappropriate development for a rural village, very urban design and materials, 3 storey, ugly, parking scheme involving hydraulic lifts is not suitable in such an area, does not protect or enhance the AONB. WKPS to object.

16/06602/TW The Barn, Shear Farm, North Road, Goudhurst TN17 1JR – Demolition of existing dwelling and erection of new detached dwelling and detached garage occupying similar position on site. This effectively moves the existing dwelling from its location on the site and increases the area. Design is reasonably pleasing and will not be visible from the road. WKPS to make no comment.

16/06731/AGRIC/TW Broomhill, Dingleden, Benenden TN17 4JT – Prior notification for the erection of a steel framed agricultural building. For its prior approval to: siting, design and external appearance. This structure, at 465 sq.m., would be highly visible in the surrounding AONB landscape. It is also to be sited close to a listed building. WKPS to object.

16/01408/AS Field west of Old Place Cottage, known as Oak Tree Field, Woodchurch Road, High Halden – Change of use for stationing of mobile home and hardcore, installation of septic tank/drainage; fencing. Originally the mobile home on site was deemed not to require planning permission as only to be used by staff during the day in connection with the stables. ABC reviewed the situation and decided that permission was required, giving the applicant one week to respond. New application submitted for the drainage plant. D&A statement by the applicant still claims that permission is not required. WKPS to object.



Goudhurst Village Hall, Balcombes Hill on
Wednesday, 26 October, 2016, 8.00 p.m.


‘Insight into the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’

Introduced by: Michael Bax, Partner, BTF Partnership and Chairman, WKPS

Main speaker: Sally Marsh – Chief Executive of the High Weald AONB Unit

There is a public car park in Balcombes Hill about 75 m from the Hall. There are no parking restrictions in Goudhurst and plenty of on-road parking is available.


Doors Open: 7.15 p.m. for 8.00 p.m. start

To confirm your attendance and help us with seating, please call the Society Secretary by email: [email protected]

Members should be aware that the WKPS general insurance policy does not cover members aged 80 or over. Such members should consider having their own insurance.


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