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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 St Michaels.   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.

WKPS attended the exhibition for the Rolvenden housing proposal by Taylor-Wimpey. It is an allocated site, the spacing of the houses seems reasonable, the distribution of affordable housing seems ok, but there will be an access difficulty from Halden Lane. Developer is to provide a new pavilion and playing field.

Tong Farm, Headcorn. Lots of opposition from local people. The land comprises small fields, mixed farming and orchards and is treasured by the locals. The precious farmland should be retained. The KCC representative thought that they would object on the grounds of flooding from the water flowing off the solar panels. The police are concerned about solar developments as there is too much equipment that can be stolen.

Appledore PC request for signage funding contribution. The committee’s suggestions for alternative sources of funding were passed on and thanks were received.

Save Folly Farm Campaign. The committee’s decision re: their application to be linked to WKPS website was emailed to the enquirer.

15/01160/AS Danemore, Beachy Path, Tenterden — Demolition of existing sheltered housing scheme and St John Ambulance building (vacant). —Erection of sheltered housing , 43 apartments and 4 chalet bungalows. WKPS supported.

15/01179/AS Haffenden Farm, Bugglesden Road, Tenterden TN30 6TG — Proposed solar array.  WKPS supported.


15/00490/AS The Old Mercers Garage, Station Road, Tenterden TN30 6HE — Demolition of former industrial buildings. — Erection of 3 dwellings. WKPS supported with reservations.   ABC REFUSED - a commercial site.

15/00863/AS Cloverbank Stables, Cranbrook Road, Tenterden TN30 6UJ — Change of use for stationing of a mobile home for residential use by a gypsy family and the erection of hardstanding (retrospective). WKPS objected. ABC REFUSED.

15/501342/OUT/MA Land north of Grigg Lane, Headcorn — Outline application for the erection of 28 dwellings including amenity space, etc.  WKPS objected. MBC APPROVED.

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.
15/01187/AS Land between 1 Tilden Gill & 34 Priory Way, Tenterden — revised plan for a two storey block of 4no 2 bed flats and 9 car parking spaces. (Instead of 6 flats as proposed earlier this year 15/00612/AS.) (BR) Currently an ugly, messy space in need of tidying up; the children’s play area is in disrepair. WKPS to support.  WKPS to write to ABC about housing concerns for young people and the provision of small flats, as a separate issue. There are over 1,000 people on ABC’s list waiting for housing.

15/01125/AS Land at rear of The Tanyard, Rolvenden Road, Tenterden — Erection of a dwelling.   This is a derelict brownfield site formerly used commercially, in the AONB and near listed buildings, situated behind converted dairy. WKPS to support.

15/507424/OUT/MA Land west of Mill Bank, Maidstone Road, Headcorn TN27 9RJ — Outline application of up to 62 dwellings (including a minimum of 40% affordable housing), planting and landscaping, informal open space, surface water attenuation, vehicular access point from Mill Bank and associated ancillary works. (ME) Cramped design, access onto A274 undesirable, 2no 5 storey houses. Southern Water is strongly against the proposal and will oppose all applications until infrastructure put in place — estimate some years to implement surface water and sewage improvement. This proposal should be considered with all other building plans for Headcorn, which should be looked at as a whole rather than granted piecemeal. A decision should be made on the 220 houses before any other applications are determined. WKPS to object.

15/00856/AS Land at Pound Road, Magpie Hall Road, Bond Lane and Ashford Road, Kingsnorth — Outline application for a mixed use development comprising: up to 750 dwellings in a mix of size, type and tenure. Up to 210 sq.m. of A1-A5 use. Up to 180 sq.m. of community/leisure uses of Classes D1 & D2, a 1-form entry primary school. Provision of local recycling facilities, formal and informal open space, utilities infrastructure, etc.  Not an allocated site, not included for development. Junction 10A on the M20 should be built first (due in 2019). The applicant is jumping the gun. WKPS to object.

15/00655/AS The Gatehouse, The Old Palace, Market Place, Charing — Discussion of correspondence with Historic England.  HE would prefer the whole to remain as a ruin which WKPS thinks is nonsensical. The house next door is being renovated and the Gatehouse adjoins it. Spitalfields Trust proposal was to rebuild the Gatehouse into a 2 bed dwelling and to use the sale proceeds to restore the Main Hall. Decided not to respond to HE at this point. JB to make enquiries of ABC.

15/503223/FULL/MA Bletchenden Manor Farm, Headcorn — Part retrospective — Change of use and conversion of cattle shed to tourist accommodation. Road owned jointly by residents of the lane. The cattle shed collapsed and the applicant has built a concrete base without permission.   There is no building to convert so any building would constitute a new build in the countryside. Also a flooding issue. Suggested that MBC should serve repairs notice on the listed Manor House which is in a bad state of repair. WKPS to object.

15/505429/FULL/MA The Griffins, Love Lane, Headcorn — Construction of an equine education centre. Semi-gypsy environment in Love Lane. Proposal is to teach 8 people at a time but there is only room for 4 horses. The area of land is inadequate. The accommodation above the stables is undesirable. This application is ill-considered, incomplete, impractical and contains insufficient detail. WKPS to object.

The part of the Low Weald that falls within Maidstone Borough will now become a ‘Landscape of Local Value’ and enjoy the protection of this new special landscape designation.   A number of WKPS members were actively involved in lobbying for the overturning of the original decision to exclude the Low Weald.


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