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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 in early June in Charing.   This bulletin therefore contains news relating to applications dealt with and decisions handed down since the last meeting in early May.

Charing extra care home - no further information at present.
White House Cottage - Listed building application - the application contained errors and was invalidated.
Badgeworthy - this has been called in to committee. A site visit and decision is to follow.
Surveyors have been spotted outside the village envelope (Maidstone Road), possibly identifying potential development sites. It is hoped that this will not be for more executive housing.

15/503223/FULL/MA - Bletchenden Manor Farm, Bletchenden Road, Headcorn TN27 9JB -
Approval was given in 2009 for virtually the same proposal - no further comment to be made.

14/01252/AS - 5 & 7 East Hill, Tenterden TN30 6RL - Erection of 22 retirement apartments with communal facilities, car parking, landscaping, etc. WKPS objected. ABC Refused. Applicant has APPEALED.

14/01420/AS - Land south and east of Tilden Gill Road, Tenterden - Outline application for the erection of 100 dwellings, etc. WKPS objected. ABC refused. Applicant has APPEALED.

15/00433/AS - Glebe Farm, Duck Lane, Shadoxhurst TN26 1LT - Change of use of land to B8 storage.  Application withdrawn.

15/00285/AS & 15/00286/AS – Belgar, Appledore Road, Tenterden TN30 7DB – Proposed single storey extension and two-and-a-half storey rear extension, 8 no. conservation style roof lights and raised terrace/decking area. WKPS objected. ABC REFUSED.

15/00849/AS – Land opposite 11 Lower Road, Woodchurch – Erection of a detached dwelling, holiday-let dwelling and linked office (B1) and creation of access. WKPS decided not to support or oppose this application. ABC APPROVED.

15/00605/AS – Gusbourne Estate Vineyard, Kenardington Road, Appledore TN26 2BE –
Extension to existing vineyard building to enable its use as a winery. WKPS supported.

15/00436/AS – Garage Blocks and land between 26 & 31 Brattle, Woodchurch – Erection of 4 no.affordable dwellings including associated parking, refuse stores and external sheds. WKPS objected.

15/503325/HYBRID/MA – Land between Mill Bank, Ulcombe Road & Kings Road, Headcorn TN27 9LD – Outline application for up to 220 homes, etc. Resubmission of application 14/505284/OUT. WKPS original objections resubmitted.

14/01116/AS – Pluckley Brickworks and Station Garage, Station Road, Pluckley – Amended plans. Proposed development of 50 dwellings, new access and replacement employment building.   Not an allocated site, isolated from village with long access road from Pluckley Road, poor road  network in Pluckley, 1.5 miles from the village centre, parking issues, affordable housing is not integrated, too many 4 & 5 bed houses. WKPS to object.

15/503132/TW – Land off Common Road, Sissinghurst – Outline application for a development of up to 60 homes (including 35% affordable housing) all matters reserved except for access (Revised scheme).  Not an allocated site, greenfield, outside LBD, unsustainable demand on schooling and medical services, increased levels of traffic will add to already severe congestion. WKPS to object.

15/00655/AS – The Gatehouse, Old Palace, Market Place, Charing – Roof replacement and
rebuild of gable to create dwelling, reinstatement of mullion windows. Insertion of front/rear
dormers. Spitalfields Trust initiative to restore this ruined Grade I listed gatehouse. WKPS to support.

15/00614/AS – 18 School Road, Charing – Erection of two detached dwellings with associated access. Plot is too cramped, parking insufficient and access difficult with cars parked opposite. WKPS to object. Noted that Charing PC against the proposal.

15/00612/AS – Land between 1 Tilden Gill and 34 Priory Way, Tenterden – Erection of a 2 storey block of 6 flats for community housing with associated parking.  The proposal takes up car parking spaces in use by existing residents of a cul-de-sac. WKPS to support but existing parking to be addressed.

15/00490/AS – The Old Mercers Garage, Station Road, Tenterden TN30 6HE – Demolition of industrial buildings and erection of 4 dwellings plus car barns and 1 commercial unit.  This is a terrace of 4 houses, car parking issue, wheelie bin storage issue. WKPS to support but query parking and bin storage provision.

15/502107/TW – Forest Farm, Nineveh Lane, Benenden – Erection of an anaerobic digestion facility, comprising of 2 partially buried twin tanks with conjoined centre partition, one gas holder and two gas membranes, etc.  Narrow lane in bad condition, traffic movements will make it worse, AONB, noise, odour, etc. WKPS to object.

15/501921/TW – OS Plot 6535 Heartenoak Road, Hawkhurst – Part retrospective application for the change of use of land for the stationing of 1 mobile home and 1 touring caravan for only one gypsy/traveller family. Provision of associated hard and soft landscaping works. There are 3 permanent sites here with this grassy paddock suggested as a permanent site. In AONB, creeping development, who is to occupy?   WKPS to support on condition that it is used by a family member only, and that no further expansion of the site is permitted.

15/502743/TW – 2 Four Throws Cottages, Conghurst Lane, Hawkhurst – Retrospective application for the erection of a close boarded feather edge fence to replace existing hedge and the neighbouring boundary.  Previous retrospective application was refused. Fence is too high and urbanises the lane. WKPS to object.

15/00686/AS – Agricultural buildings, Britton Farm, Maidstone Road, Hothfield – Demolition of existing buildings and erection of 5 detached dwellings.   Proposals for this plot have been refused twice, unsustainable, no nearby school, no shop, very derelict site, disconnected from village settlement, would urbanise that area, proposed buildings are not on a footprint of an original building.

15/503190/MA – Moat Farm Holding, Maidstone Road, Headcorn TN27 9RJ – Prior notification of change of use from agricultural building to dwelling house.  Open-sided barn; excessive size, does not qualify for conversion on both counts. WKPS to object

The 9th June edition of Radio 4’s File on Four broadcast at 8.00 p.m. featured the current housing crisis and the pressures on the planning system.    The broadcast is to be repeated on Sunday 14 June at 5.00 p.m.
It is available on the BBC’s iPlayer, both to listen to and to download as an MP3 file.


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