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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 February in Tenterden.   This bulletin contains news relating to applications dealt with and decisions handed down since the last meeting in early December, as well as proposed future action on some current applications.

NB – at the foot of this newsletter, you will find information on some of the WKPS events for Spring 2016.   As usual, flyers for each, and others, will accompany the February 2016 edition of Watch on the Weald.



15/509607/FULL Woodstove Trading Company, The Forge, The Common, Sissinghurst, Cranbrook TN17 2HT — Demolition of existing buildings and erection of two semidetached dwellings and one detached dwelling with garage. WKPS objection.

15/509272/PNR Breach Farm, Goudhurst Road, Cranbrook TN17 2LJ — Prior notification for change of use of an agricultural building and land within its curtilage to a building falling within Class B8 (storage or distribution), together with associated building operations.    WKPS objection. Insufficient information. Suggest full application required.

15/01560/AS Listed Building Consent. The Cloth Hall, Water Lane, Smarden TN27 8QB —  Proposed conversion of existing barn into holiday let accommodation to include removal of mezzanine and creation of first floor with galleried landing, partition walls to create ensuites; removal of internal frame/wall; erection of partition wall with high level glazing and circular lobby wall; addition of replacement roof light on southwest elevation; 4 no. roof lights and replacement doors to northwest & southeast elevations; replacement external door to southwest elevation.   WKPS objection to extent of conversion.

15/509966/FULL Ferrers, Sand Lane, Frittenden TN17 2BA — Replacement oak framed house and detached garage.  WKPS objection. No D&A statement. House is larger than the house it is replacing, out of scale with surrounding property.

15/01574/AS Mechanical Components Ltd, Church Farm, Bell Lane, Smarden TN27 8NT — Development of an existing commercial/industrial site to provide 6 no. commercial units.   WKPS objection. Height and size of the units in vicinity of listed properties. Need not justified.

15/01555/AS Halden Field, Tenterden Road, Rolvenden — Reserved matters application for the erection of 40 dwellings, of which 14 are affordable, together with associated roads, car parking, infrastructure, landscaping and earthworks pursuant to outline planning permission 13/00755/AS.  WKPS objection. Distribution of housing, grouping of the affordable homes rather than spreading through the site, traffic strain on lanes, visitor parking.

15/505974/FULL/MA Great Tong Farm, Great Tong, Headcorn TN27 9PP — Construction of a solar farm to include the installation of solar panels to generate electricity with two inverter stations, substation, control room, general storage, security fencing and cameras and associated temporary access track and site compound. WKPS further comment to objection to refer to neighbourhood plan statement of lack of green open spaces in Headcorn.

15/510395/FULL/TW Balcombes Hill, Goudhurst — Erection of C2 housing with care for the elderly, comprising of 12 x 2 bedroom apartments, 7 x 2 bedroom bungalows, and 3 x 2 bedroom dwellings. (Revision to 14/506621/FULL.)  WKPS objection. Outside LBD, in AONB and conservation area. 2 storey accommodation inappropriate for elderly, steep slope, etc.

15/510186/FULL/MA Land at Fishers Farm, Fishers Lane, Staplehurst — Development of site to accommodate 185 dwellings, together with associated access road (including reconfiguration of Pile Lane), car parking, landscaping and open space.  WKPS objection. Local flooding and sewage overflows already exist, congestion caused by approx. 500 additional cars, education and health care will be overwhelmed.


15/01466/AS 1 The Street, Appledore TN26 2BU — Part demolition, restoration and conversion, and extension to existing site to six residential units, two of which will be live/work units.  WKPS supported the proposal. WITHDRAWN BY APPLICANT.

15/01560/AS The Cloth Hall, Water Lane, Smarden, Ashford TN27 8QB — Proposed conversion of existing barn into holiday let accommodation to include removal of mezzanine and creation of first floor with galleried landing, partition walls to create ensuites; removal of internal frame/wall; etc.  WKPS objection. WITHDRAWN BY APPLICANT.

15/01476/AS Springwood House, Appledore Road, Tenterden TN30 7DH — Extension to existing unit, erection of garage, and use of tourist accommodation as an unrestricted dwelling house.  WKPS objection. WITHDRAWN BY APPLICANT.

14/01520/AS Land south of Gilham Farm known as Lot 3, Buckhurst Lane, Smarden — Change of use of land for the stationing of one mobile homes for a gypsy family, extending the hard surface and siting of a day room.  WKPS objection. ABC REFUSED. APPEAL DISMISSED BY INSPECTOR.

15/01517/AS Woodchurch Wine Estate, Susans Hill, Woodchurch TN26 3RE — Erection of a new building for storage and office facilities ancillary to the vineyard, associated hardstanding and relocation of access.  WKPS supported. ABC PERMITTED.



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.

15/01678/AS Penfield, Bethersden Road, Smarden TN27 8QF — Part conversion of outbuilding to residential annexe.  Conversion proposed for the parents of the applicants. Understand and sympathise with the proposal. WKPS to support in principle but condition required that annexe cannot be sold separately from the main house.

16/00045/AS Land between Smarden Charter Hall and Weathercock, Pluckley Road, Smarden — Proposed outline application for up to 50 residential units with all matters reserved except for access.  Located next to the village hall (known as Charter Hall), open space agricultural land. Up to 35% affordable housing. Most residents are against, and a few understand the need, but not for 50 houses at one time in one place. The proposal would overwhelm the parish giving a 10% increase in housing stock. Issue for local GP and schools. Access on a bend so there is a safety issue, the field floods, green field, infrastructure of Smarden not sustainable, not an allocated site in local plan. Close to conservation area of village, rural, size and scale inappropriate. WKPS to object.

15/509966/FULL/TW Ferrers, Sand Lane, Frittenden, Cranbrook TN17 2BA — Replacement oak framed house and detached garage.  Revised drawings has reduced size of house by 170 sq.m. Still too large, encroaches on agricultural land, too visible and not in keeping with surrounding property. WKPS to object.

15/01631/AS Isleden, Ashford Road, St Michaels, Tenterden TN30 6DH — Addition of flat roof dormer to rear elevation to accommodate bi-fold doors.  Grade II listed building. Proposal is supported by neighbours and is not controversial. WKPS to make no comment.

16/00015/AS 6 Henley View, Ashford Road, St Michaels, Tenterden TN30 6HW — Roof extension to existing bungalow and erection of two storey rear extension and car port to side elevation. Located in a cul-de-sac. 1930s semi-detached tucked between 1970s build on one side and KCC block of flats on the other. WKPS to make no comment.

16/00056/AS Tenterden Vineyard, Smallhythe Road, Tenterden TN30 7NG — Change of use — proposed relocation of wine tasting area to barn currently used as office space, including minor alterations. The proposal would improve the existing wine tasting arrangements currently located in the shop. Minor alterations. WKPS to support.

16/00111/AS Mercers of Tenterden, Station Road, Tenterden TN30 6HE — Demolition of existing industrial buildings. Proposed residential building with 5 units and 2 commercial units with private parking, landscaping and hard paving throughout.  Commercial site and TTC and ABC want it to remain so. Revised application with a more commercial look and complete redesign. Within Tenterden Town Conservation Area. WKPS to comment on the height of the residential block at 3 storeys is considered to be too high, ugly design.

16/00022/AS Chart Court Farm, Pluckley Road, Little Chart, Ashford TN27 0QH — Change of use of, and alterations to, existing barn into 3 no. 2 bedroom holiday lets including part demolition and change of use of existing stables into garage and day room with single storey link into barn.  Insufficient information in the application regarding boundary ownership, access track. The holiday lets appear to be cramped with no outside space. WKPS to investigate further before comment.

TENTERDEN Village Report

15/01187/AS Land between 1 Tilden Gill & 34 Priory Way, Tenterden — Erection of a 2 storey block of 4 flats. ABC PERMITTED. The developers proposing to build 100 houses (turned down by ABC; appeal to be heard on 23 February), access to which would have been obtained where the permitted flats are to be constructed, are seeking judicial review on the basis that if the flats go ahead their proposal would be blocked.

TENT1 — all agreed, nothing to add
Danemore Care Home proposals for 3 storey extension to home. This is a substantial addition and would intrude on the privacy of nearby houses. There may be a revision to 2 storey and to spread the building.


Flyers and booking forms for each event will accompany the February edition of Watch on the Weald

Friday, March 11 – WKPS Quiz Night, Egerton Village Hall - evening

Thursday, April 21 – visit to AC Goatham & Son’s Sutton Valence orchards - morning

Thursday May 19  - visit to Robertsbridge Railway Trust to learn about the extension to the Kent & East Sussex Railway - morning


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