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Sevenoaks

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Sevenoaks: 51.293700, 0.204620

Committee:-

Chairman: Mr Nigel Britten

Description:-

Sevenoaks CPRE Kent Committee meets on alternative months to discuss all relevant issues and planning in particular, but the weekly planning lists are inspected and responses made via the chairman on applications which cause concern.  There are currently 11 members on the committee, including a representative from the CPRE Historic Buildings Committee, each of them monitors event and planning applications in a group of parishes.

Sevenoaks District is unique in Kent as being entirely within the Metropolitan Green Belt and in having two-thirds of its landscape designated as Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, to the north within the North Kent Downs and to the south within the High Weald AONBs. Together these factors provide very strong protection for the countryside, but they also make development land particularly scarce and valuable, which keeps the open countryside under constant threat from inappropriate development.

Hot issues:-

  • Due to the very high house prices there is constant pressure to allow building in the Green Belt around Sevenoaks, particularly northwards of the town centre.
  • A key dis-function of the motorway network around Kent is the lack of east-facing slips from the M26 onto the A21 southbound. This leads to a lot of traffic, including lorries, travelling along the congested A25 through Borough Green, Seal and Sevenoaks. This is contributing to public pressure for a bypass at Borough Green (see Tonbridge & Malling)