Sevenoaks District Council Local Plan consultation

Local Residents Meeting

Please come to Chiddingstone Causeway Village Hall on Wednesday 20th September at 7pm to discuss the SDC Local Plan Issues & Options consultation.  Members of the Parish Council and our district councillors, Cllr Susan Coleman and Cllr Peter Lake, will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the consultation and the process itself.  This meeting will be prior to the formal Parish Council meeting, which will commence at 8pm.  

This can be found at The deadline for responses to the consultation is 5pm on Thursday 5th October. The Issues and Options consultation is part of a lengthy process:

Issues and Options consultation – Summer 2017
Draft Local Plan consultation – Spring 2018
Pre-submission Publication – Summer 2018
Submission – Autumn 2018
Adoption – Summer 2019

SDC has arranged drop-in sessions so that you can discuss the proposals with their officers:

Monday 11th September 2pm-8pm at SDC’s offices
Tuesday 12th September 2pm-8pm at Edenbridge Town Council offices.

However, the Parish Council is in the process of arranging a meeting with SDC officers here in the parish so that they can explain the process and how to respond to the consultation. I will post details of this meeting on Facebook, the website and noticeboards. It will be an opportunity for you to discuss your concerns or support for the various sites with the Parish Council, so please do come along to this meeting. The Parish Council will respond to the consultation but it is important that you also respond.

There are several sites included in this consultation in our parish:

- Garages at Richards Close: 1-2 residential units
- Redleaf Estate Yard, Camp Hill: 4-5 residential units
- Causeway House (industrial units): 7-11 residential units, retention B1(a) office floorspace
- KCC Highways depot, Chiddingstone Causeway: 6-8 residential units
- Newtyehurst Farm, Chiddingstone Hoath: 34-46 residential units
- Penshurst Station Yard - B1-B8 employment use

I stress that these sites are subject to consultation and further assessment by SDC. They may or may not be taken forward as suitable sites in the Local Plan.

SDC has classed the following as category 5 sites, which are locationally unsustainable and therefore unsuitable, and SDC will not assess further:

- Land west of trading estate, Chiddingstone Causeway
- Kettles Field, Chiddingstone Causeway
- Land east of Ide Hill Road, Bough Beech
- Land adjacent to Chequers Barn, Bough Beech
- The Woodyard, Hoath Corner Wood, Ryewell Hill, Chiddingstone Hoath
- Land north of Tonbridge Road, Chiddingstone Causeway.

If you have any questions or concerns about the consultation, please contact me for further information.


There is a vacancy for a Parish Councillor on Chiddingstone Parish Council.  No requests have been received for an election to be held, so the Parish Council is able to interview and co-opt a new member. For more information, please see the Your Parish Council page.  If you would like to hear more, please contact the Clerk. Deadline for applications 31.07.17.


Please meet at the following locations:




Collection of rubbish

Bough Beech, Wheatsheaf


Cllr Vicary

The Close

Chiddingstone, Village Hall


Cllr Ms Manning

Village Hall

Chiddingstone Causeway, village shop


Cllr Mrs James

Richards Close

Chiddingstone Hoath, The Rock


Cllr Streatfeild

The Rock

There will be litter pickers, high visibility vests, gloves and bags available. If you love where you live, please spare an hour or so on Saturday to help collect rubbish from our lanes. Thank you!


 Chiddingstone Hoath
       at The Rock Inn

Bough Beech
at Wheatsheaf Inn

Chiddingstone Causeway
at Richards Close

25.03.17 09.45 to 10.30 10.45 to 11.3011.45 to 12.30
15.07.17 09.45 to 10.30 10.45 to 11.30 11.45 to 12.30
14.10.17 09.45 to 10.30 10.45 to 11.30 11.45 to 12.30

The Freighter cannot accept fridges, freezers, cookers, cast iron boilers or baths, long metal poles, building materials, manure, large parts of engines or vehicles or hazardous waste.

Hazardous waste now includes items like fluorescent tubes, TV’s & computer monitors, batteries, oil tins and filters, paint and paint tins and chemical containers. These items cannot be accepted on the Saturday Freighter service and must be taken to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Compostable garden waste cannot be accepted. SDC operates a separate, fortnightly Garden Waste Collection Service. Paper garden waste sacks or a wheeled bin & an annual permit can be purchased for a small charge.



The Department for Transport has launched a consultation on night flight restrictions at Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted. This is a very important consultation and I urge you to submit a response. The communities to the east of the airport suffer from intolerable noise at night from arriving aircraft, and it is proven that lack of sleep has a detrimental impact on health and wellbeing. It is vital that the Government does not increase the number of night flights into Gatwick, and we would prefer there to be no night flights at all or for the quota to be reduced. Please take this opportunity to have your say.  It is only by responding to this consultation that we will have any chance of success. See The deadline for responses is 28th February 2017.

For a one-click response to the consultation, please see



Our PCSO Laura Morris has advised that there has been an increase in the number of thefts of oil in the area. Please see the Kent Police section of this website for more information. 


At the Parish Council meeting held on 13th July, members considered the results of the parish wide poll on whether residents support the Parish Council’s proposal to take out a loan with the Public Works Loan Board for £100,000 over 25 years in order to give a grant to help cover the shortfall in funding to refurbish/redevelop Chiddingstone Causeway Village Hall. There was a 36% response rate, and there were 94 votes in favour of the proposal and 91 votes objecting to the proposal. Many comments and queries were submitted with the return forms, which members considered in detail and discussed with the Redevelopment Group. The Parish Council held an Extraordinary Parish Council meeting on 21st July in order to discuss this proposal in more detail, with additional thorough information supplied by the Redevelopment Group. Members were satisfied that the Redevelopment Group has used due diligence in their process, and the specification and contracts are fit for purpose. Members held a ballot, and there was a majority of 5 votes to 3 in favour of applying for a loan from the Public Works Loan Board and awarding a grant of £100,000 to the Chiddingstone Causeway Village Hall Redevelopment Group. This is subject to the Parish Council having the appropriate insurance cover in place and, if the Parish Council is satisfied in this regard, the process now involves an application to the Secretary of State, via National Association of Local Councils, for a loan from the Public Works Loan Board.

The survey can be found here