Northern Sevenoaks Masterplan

Consultation on the Draft Northern Sevenoaks Masterplan is now open and will close on the 4th June 2017 at 5pm. 

Important Northern Sevenoaks Masterplan Amendment – Removal of Out of Parish Proposals

Sevenoaks Town Council – Press Release  – 23rd May 2017

In December 2016 the Town Council started to develop a masterplan for the Northern Sevenoaks Area with planning consultants Urban Initiative Studios, seeking to develop a realistic plan for how development over the next 30 years could be guided in a manner which benefits the local community and protects the town from damaging piecemeal development.

During the development of the masterplan neighbouring parishes were invited to be involved as key stakeholders in the process, individual members of parish councils attended pre-consultation sessions but Sevenoaks Town Council did not receive any official responses.

All Neighbourhood Plan meetings are open to members of the public, and masterplan pre-consultation events were promoted via posters in the Town, leaflet drops to Northern Sevenoaks residents and businesses, adverts in the Chronicle, and the Town Council’s databases. These events included the Annual Town Public Meeting which over 160 members of the public attended and received a presentation on the pre-consultation draft masterplan.

During the pre-consultation stage the Town Council made a number of amendments to the plan in response to feedback from stakeholders and the public, including proposals around Greatness Recreation Ground, the Sevenoaks Scout Hut, and the Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve.

Following the launch of official consultation on the draft plan on Friday 12th May 2017 the Town Council has received strong feedback from both members of the public in Otford and Dunton Green, and neighbouring parish councils in relation to proposals outside of the Town Council’s Parish boundary. The Town Council has now organised a further consultation event with Neighbouring Parish Council’s to discuss the plan in late May.

The Town Council is mindful that the original, and core, purpose of the Northern Sevenoaks Masterplan was to take a realistic and pragmatic approach to development which will take place over the next 30 years. Seeking to quantify the cumulative impact of new development to allow the local community to shape it in a manner which minimises negative impacts and captures as much benefit for the existing population as possible.

By taking a long-term approach to development the Town Council will be able to directly address the need for new infrastructure required to support long term growth including new medical facilities, schools, and other local amenities. It is concerned that without a solid plan incremental piecemeal development over the ensuing decades will have a significant impact on local infrastructure without the cumulative impact ever being directly addressed or solved.

Taking on board the concerns of Neighbouring Parish Councils and residents, and given the importance of the Masterplan to ensuring residents of Northern Sevenoaks and the wider town are safeguarded against the impacts of piecemeal development the Town Council has resolved to remove the following elements from the Northern Sevenoaks Masterplan:

  1. The circa 850 homes to the North of the Wildlife Reserve, including any elements of development in Dunton Green.
  2. The long-term aspiration for a link road between Northern Sevenoaks and Dunton Green, whilst retaining support for a pedestrian and cycle link between the two areas.
  3. The proposed expansion to the North of the Vestry Estate, stating instead a preference for intensification of the existing Vestry estate before any consideration is given to expansion.  

To a view an updated version of the proposal summary page please click here

Please click the following links to view the original masterplan documents:

Northern Sevenoaks Masterplan Draft Report (72pages, high resolution, 22MB)

Northern Sevenoaks Masterplan Draft Report (72 pages, low resolution, 11.9MB)

Summary Exhibition Boards on display at Sevenoaks Community Centre until 4th June 2017 (8 A1, high resolution, 22MB)

Online Response Form (external page)

Hard copies of the masterplan are available from Sevenoaks Community Centre and the Sevenoaks Town Council Offices on Bradbourne Vale Road.

Please contact planning@sevenoakstown.gov.uk with any enquiries.

 

Sevenoaks Town Council are currently planning extensive redevelopment of the Sevenoaks Community Centre site, redevelopment of the Grade II Bat & Ball Station which is the subject of a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant Application, and investment in the sporting facilities at Greatness recreation ground. The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee asked Sevenoaks Town Council in 2016 to consider developing a Masterplan focused purely on Northern Sevenoaks to capitalise on this planned investment, and guide other key development sites in the area such as the Gas Holder site and Waterworks.

Sevenoaks Town Council agreed to the develop a Masterplan, and in 2016 appointed planning consultants Urban Initiatives Studio to develop the Masterplan looking exclusively at Northern Sevenoaks. The Masterplan will set out their professional vision for how this area of Sevenoaks could best develop over the coming decades, to ensure benefits of development are captured for local people.

Recommendations made within the plan will feed into both the Town Council’s Neighbourhood Development Plan and District Council’s Local Plan Review which will both be the subject of further public consultation, and in the case of the Neighbourhood Plan a local referendum, before becoming adopted policy.

The Town Council has organised many pre consultation events open to members of the public, as well as meetings with key stakeholders to help inform the production of the draft plan.

The consultation timetable is set out below, please revisit this page on the 12th May 2017 to view the draft plan and consultation documents.

Date and time Event Notes
24th April 2017

6pm

Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Committee Presentation of final consultation draft
24th April 2017

7pm

Sevenoaks Town Council Planning Committee Presentation of final consultation draft
2nd  May 2017 Leaflet drop Promotional material advertising consultation arrangements distributed to all houses within plan area.
4th May 2017 Sevenoaks Chronicle Paper Promotional page on Masterplan advertising consultation arrangements
12th May 2017 Public Consultation Formally Launches Copies of draft plan available to view online and in person, consultation response material made available.
12th May 2017

12 – 8pm

Manned Consultation Session At Sevenoaks Community Centre
13th May 2017

10 – 3pm

Manned Consultation Session At Sevenoaks Community Centre
4th June 2017 Consultation Closes
June 2017 Responses analysed and refinements made to the plan
3rd July 2017

6pm

Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Committee Report on consultation responses and modifications made to plan
3rd July 2017

7pm

Sevenoaks Town Planning Committee Report on consultation responses and modifications made to plan