At the Sevenoaks Town Council Annual Town Meeting held on the 14th March 2013 residents signalled their support for the Town Council to begin the preparation work on a Neighbourhood Plan for Sevenoaks, setting out a vision of how development in the Town should be guided over a 15-20 year period.
A steering committee has been formed with the responsibility of driving forward the project, currently chaired by Cllr Simon Raikes, Chairman of the Sevenoaks Town Council Planning Committee.
The Sevenoaks Town Council Planning Committee is responsible for signing off recommendations to be included in the Neighbourhood Plan.
This website is dedicated to the development of the Sevenoaks Town Neighbourhood Plan.
Background to Neighbourhood Planning
The Coalition Government announced its intention to give people more power over development in their local area in the Coalition Agreement published May 2010.
The concept of Neighbourhood Planning was introduced as part of the 2011 Localism Act with detailed regulations following in 2012.
A Neighbourhood Development Plan can establish general planning policies for the development and use of land in an area, for example:
- where new homes and offices should be built
- what they should look like
- Information that should be submitted as part of a planning application The plan can be detailed or general, depending what local people want.
Neighbourhood plans allow local people to get the right type of development for their community, but the plan must still meet the needs of the wider area. This will mean that neighbourhood plans will have to take into account the local council’s assessment of housing and other development needs in the area.