The original proposal to build 2,500 new houses in Farningham is still under consideration, now with added Primary & Secondary schools !!
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT SEVENOAKS DISTRICT COUNCIL APPRECIATES THE LEVEL OF LOCAL OPPOSITION TO THIS PROPOSAL, SO PLEASE WRITE ONCE AGAIN AND EXCEED THE 470 ORIGINAL LETTERS OF OBJECTION.
A second public consultation has been announced regarding the proposal and Farningham Parish Council. The new consultation is due to run from Tuesday 18th December 2018 to Sunday 3rd February 2019. It is more important than ever that SDC once again realize the strength of feeling in Farningham, and Parishioners are encouraged to take part, and they might wish to add their voice to this ongoing consultation. Below is a notice from the Parish Council
PARISH COUNCIL OF FARNINGHAM 10 January 2019
Pedham Place still needs your attention!
As per our last update in the Christmas and New Year edition of Trident magazine, SDC have led FPC to believe the proposed 2500 homes and associated development at Pedham Place had been downgraded to a ‘Broad Location for Growth’ subject to further investigation and of course its removal from the Green Belt. As such, we understood the 2500 homes were not tenable, White Oak Leisure Centre also not a factor as plans for its redevelopment are underway and needed much sooner than the 15-20 year phasing suggested for the site.
SDC have now published their ‘proposed submission version’ of the local plan for our consultation. Responses are needed by 3rd February 2019.
Pedham Place is still very much ‘in’ the local plan, albeit as a ‘Broad Area for Growth’ phased in 15-20 years. The 2500 homes remain with the addition of a further primary school and secondary school. The explanatory notes appear to look positively towards its development.
FPC feel strongly that Pedham Place must be removed from the local plan to remove this threat to our local area. Please comment on the proposed submission version the local plan to let Sevenoaks District Council know that you also still feel strongly against the proposed development. The deadline for comments is Sunday 3rd February, the site has a new reference number ST2-28. Your original submission is still valid, your original objections still stand, please take the time to resubmit your objections on the new consultation document found at:
Please make sure you are commenting on the latest version of the plan – the SDC draft plan website has become very difficult to navigate. If you would like to receive the link by email, please email Councillor Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FPC will also object on behalf of our community. We are also taking advice on the legality of the local plan and will update you on our progress and circulate our objections when formalised.
Farningham Parish Councillors
Objection letter 1 – FPC Response to MX48 Sevenoaks District Council Local Plan
Objection letter 2 – FPC Submission to Planning Advisory Committee 22 11 2018
This is an extract from Farningham Parish Council Trident Report of December Meeting:-
SDC Local Plan and Pedham Place:
In brief, the proposal for 2,500 homes to be built on the site has been thrown out of Sevenoaks District Council’s Local Planning going forward, but SDC will keep the site itself “IN” their published Local Plan for future consideration, though only as a “Broad Location for Growth”, depending on what is then tenable. SDC’s considered opinion is that there is not enough evidence to support the proposal that we were shown for 2,500 homes (and several schools, a medical hub, smaller golf course, cafes and only one exit road) to be built at Pedham Place, and although Cllr McGarvey argued strongly in debate at SDC Planning Advisory Committee (22 Nov) to have it totally thrown out, they resolved 6:5 to keep Pedham Place in their Local Plan but only as a “Broad Location for Growth” and not before 2036. In other words SDC don’t like the proposal but they think the site still has some potential for something a long way down the line. SDC Cabinet agreed (6 Dec) and so Pedham Place remains firmly Green Belt. The consultation period for SDC’s revised Local Plan runs from about 18 Dec (tbc) until late Sunday evening, 3rd February 2019, and parishioners are asked to submit any comments onto the SDC website well before the final day; copies of our objections sent to SDC and to the Planning Advisory Committee have been published on FPC’s website. Meanwhile we still await feedback from Kent Highways’ survey of traffic and the creaking roads infrastructure – cold comfort for the many of us who have been caught up in traffic gridlock around that top section of A20 (many of our residents several times in the past 6 weeks).