Broke Hill Development on Green Belt Land

The Sevenoaks District Council Draft Local Plan has been published. As well as several brown field sites it includes the proposed Broke Hill Development on Green Belt Land.

There will be opportunities to speak to the planners from SDC at Halstead Pavilion for Open Consultations on

  • Monday 13 August 17.30-19.30
  • Thursday 16 August 10.00-14.00

On Wednesday 5th September 14.30-20.00, Sevenoaks District Council is holding a drop-in day for further consultation.

If you are unable to make these dates or you would like more support with letters and emails, please attend Halstead Green Belt Future Group’s Green Belt Support day on Wednesday 22 August in the village hall from 14.00-20.00. They will update you on progress and provide additional information. They would welcome any further professional and financial help to fight this.

They urge you to look on SDC website – Broke Hill New Draft Local Plan for further information on the proposed site with maps and reports.

Have your say! Your views need to be received by SDC no later than Monday 10 September 2018. You can email planning.policy@sevenoaks.gov.uk or write to Planning Policy, Sevenoaks District Council, Argyle Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1HG

Broke Hill Golf Club – update from the Residents’ Association

Broke Hill closed at the end of last year and has been sold to Quinn Estates, a development company based in Canterbury.  The site is entirely in Sevenoaks District and is designated as Green Belt.  Sevenoaks Council are in the process of reviewing their Local Plan and Quinn Estates have put the site forward as a potential site for development, to include around 800 homes, commercial floorspace, public open space, a secondary school and community facilities.  Sevenoaks Council are currently considering whether the site should be removed from the Green Belt to accommodate this.  Whilst Quinn Estates could make a planning application at any time, we are not expecting them to do so at the moment.

The next stage will be for the Council to consult on their draft Local Plan, which may or may not include Broke Hill as a potential development site.  The consultation is expected to be in Summer 2018 and at that stage, the Residents’ Association will be in a better position to form a view on the proposals.  In the meantime, the Association has been in contact with the Council and with Quinn Estates and will be monitoring progress with the proposals.

The Association’s AGM will be on 16th May in the Village Hall and an update on Broke Hill will be provided.  It will also be an opportunity for residents to express their views on the future of Broke Hill.  Quinn Estates have produced a brochure outlining their ideas and that is available on the Pratts Bottom Community Website at www.prattsbottom.co.uk

Read the Stonehouse Park Development Proposal…

Bromley Annual Crime Summit, Saturday 30 September

Bromley’s Annual Crime Summit will be held on Saturday 30th September and all residents of Bromley are invited! Pastries and beverages will be served at 9:30am in the Information Stands area, with the main event being held between 10am – 1pm in the Council Chamber at Bromley Civic Centre. Free parking is available in the car park accessed via Rochester Avenue.

Sessions this year include:

  • Tackling Gangs Campaign – Bromley Youth Council
  • Borough Police Update – Deputy Borough Commander Trevor Lawry
  • Front Office Provision Consultation – Representative  from MOPAC (Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime)
  • Cyber Fraud & Scams – Matthew Bowler from City of London Police who are the National Policing Lead for Cyber Crime
  • Q&A – All of the above speakers, Bromley Fire Brigade and LBB

Contact Kate Lymer, www.facebook.com/BromleySNB

New 431 Bus from Sevenoaks to Orpington

Your webmaster attended a public meeting at Knockholt this evening, chaired by Cllr Nick Chard of Kent County Council. Phil Lightowler, KCC’s Head of Public Transport, explained that Arriva as a private company had decided to withdraw the 402 service between Dunton Green and Bromley from 24 July. Austin Blackburn, MD of Go-Coach, announced his new 431 service from Sevenoaks to Orpington. It is accepted by all that this is a poor replacement for the hourly 402 service.

Buses for Orpington will depart from Pratts Bottom at 1002, 1202, 1402 and 1602. The return buses will leave Orpington at 1030, 1230 and 1430. The 431 bus will operate only on weekdays. Holders of free bus passes can travel before 9.30 by paying £1. Passengers for Bromley will need to change at Green Street Green or Orpington High Street.Additional buses run on school days. See below for full timetable.

Letter from Jo Johnson 14.6.2017

Letter from Arriva 10.5.2017

431 Bus Timetable