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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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CORRECTION – Contrary to an earlier report, the Save Headcorn Village Group is still active and in funds

The Planning Committee met in early May.   This bulletin therefore contains news relating to applications dealt with and decisions handed down over mid- to late-April.

14/502645/OUT (TWBC) – Land off Common Road, Sissinghurst – Outline planning permission of up to 65 new homes (including 35% affordable housing). TWBC REFUSED. Applicant has APPEALED. No need for further comment from WKPS.

14/01252/AS – 5 & 7 East Hill, Tenterden TN30 6RL – Erection of 22 retirement apartments with communal facilities, car parking, landscaping and new access.  ABC REFUSED.

14/505284/OUT (MBC) – Land between Millbank, Ulcombe Road and Kings Road, Headcorn TN27 9LD – Outline application for up to 220 houses, etc.  MBC APPROVED.
NB - MBC approval for the 220 houses in Headcorn now under appeal as
the application was not determined within the time limit. Frittenden.

15/501688/FULL (TWBC) – The Croft, Church Road, Sandhurst TN18 5NS – Proposed extension and loft conversion.  WKPS objected. Ugly design, in AONB, loss of privacy to neighbouring property.  Alerted by WKPS member.

15/502081/FULL (TWBC) – Netters Hall Caravan, Attwaters Lane, Hawkhurst TN18 5AT – Resiting of permanent mobile home.   WKPS objected. In AONB, contravenes existing permission, 3.5 times the size of the existing mobile home, in elevated position on site.

15/00427/AS – Springwood House, Appledore Road, Tenterden – Replacement dwelling.
Tenterden Town Council has objected on the basis of 2 houses on the plot where previously only one. The original house was destroyed by fire and replaced. From a landscaping and visual point of view the proposal has a small impact. Design is OK. The crucial
point is that 2 houses for one is against planning policy; the proposal does not constitute a
replacement. Comment to be made on this principle.

15/00459/AS – Land between Tyle House Farm and Mount Pleasant, Stocks Road, Wittersham – Outline planning application for development of 27 houses including 10 affordable houses and proposed vehicular access onto Stocks Road, associated landscaping and open space with some matters reserved.  This is not an allocated site but is likely to be developed in the future. The village has a demonstrable need for affordable housing of 17 units (with further development of Jubilee Field the target can almost be achieved). Few comments from the public, but a strong comment from Southern Water concerning a need for remedial works. Application jumps the gun on the local
plan. WKPS to comment accordingly

15/00352/AS – Amberfield, Bell Lane, Smarden TN27 8NT – Erection of a replacement dwelling and attached garage and erection of 1.2m high timber fencing and entrance gate. Objections from 1 near resident about the design of the newbuild house and worries about the height of the fence (1.2 m). Smarden PC supports the principle of redevelopment of the site which currently contains a derelict bungalow, although it is unhappy with the present design, feeling it contravenes the Village Design Statement..    Planning committee felt the plot was suitable and that the design had considerable architectural merit. WKPS to support the proposal.

15/00287/AS – Land east of Smarden Business Estate, Smarden Business Park, Smarden –
Change of use from agricultural to storage land. Next to business park, currently grazing land for horses. Hardstanding for scaffolding poles and equipment, completely enclosed with galvanised fencing and to be screened by leylandii. No comment needed

15/00539/AS – Land between The Hollies and Park Farm Close, Woodchurch Road, Shadoxhurst – Erection of 15 dwellings together with all necessary infrastructure, car parking, new access and landscaping.  This is an infill site, not too large, good space, trees retained. Shadoxhurst PC supports the proposal. Not an allocated site, and of concern is the amount of housing coming into the area. WKPS to comment accordingly.

15/00433/AS – Glebe Farm, Duck Lane, Shadoxhurst TN26 1LT – Change of use of land to B8 storage and

15/00507/AS – Erection of 5 replacement buildings for use in connection with
the builder’s yard.   WKPS has commented in the past.  No further comment needed.

15/503223/FULL (MBC) – Bletchenden Manor Farm, Bletchenden Road, Headcorn TN27 9JB – Part retrospective – Change of use and conversion of cattle shed to tourist accommodation.  NB - whilst this is a registered application, there are no documents on the website as at the date of the meeting. There are many buildings on this site and the concern is how many will be converted in the future. Agreed to wait for the documents to become available and submit comment thereafter. PG to advise WKPS member of position. A comment was made by WKPS to enforcement on 17 March 2015.

15/503190 (MBC) – Moat Farm Holding, Maidstone Road, Headcorn TN27 9RJ – Prior notification for change of use from agricultural building to dwelling house. (ME) Atcost building erected 3 years ago. A vast building behind houses in a large field. The building is open-sided and used for storing hay. WKPS to contact MBC and express concerns.

12/01807/FULL (TWBC) – Cranden Diamonds, Cranbrook Road, Benenden TN17 4ET – Proposed new portal frame building and extension of central section of existing main building.  Inappropriate in AONB, the site is too small and is filled, traffic issue on narrow road. Whilst WKPS supports business in villages this is outside the village and no local people are employed.  TWBC landscape and biodiversity officer states that the development would cause obvious harm and he cannot support it.  WKPS to object on grounds of excessive development of the site, light pollution, etc.

14/504606 (MBC)– Hawthorn Farm, Pye Corner, Ulcombe – 2 additional plots for the accommodation of gypsies – WKPS has objected to this application. The applicant has submitted an alteration to the access route – no further comment to be made.


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