You only have until Sunday, 3rd February to voice your thoughts on Sevenoaks District Council’s local plan that includes developments that will have major impacts on Knockholt, Halstead and Pratts Bottom.
On Sunday 2nd December at 4.30 the village got together on the Village Green to celebrate the start of Advent. The May Queen Florence Baker-White had the responsibility of lighting the tree. We all sang carols around the tree while the children helped to decorate it. We then made our way into the hall for some refreshments provided by the Fete Committee which included mulled wine and mince pies before the carol singing commenced again. We all participated in the finale for a raucous rendition of The 12 Days of Christmas. All donations went to St Christophers and icare.
The Bulls Head pub helped us carry on the festivities with a heart warming stew and a classic Christmas quiz with their proceeds going to the Air Ambulance
Read the next edition of the Village Newsletter for Autumn 2018. Including meeting your Ward Councillor Angela Page and an update on Broke Hill.
Demonstration at Knockholt Station by the Save The Green Belt Group
The demo has now been rescheduled for Saturday 10 November at 1pm.
In the meantime you can go online and sign an e-petition about the lack of consultation and the way SDC have conducted the draft local plan.
Type in Sevenoaks District Council ePetitions. This will take you to the Petitions page. Click on ePetitions received, scroll down and you are looking for the title
SDC to explain its failure to supply information.
The press and TV are very interested. Sevenoaks Chronicle have an article about the march in its 1 November edition; view it online
Please come in costume if you can
E.S Nesbitt, wrote the ‘Railway Children’ while living in Halstead. The railway and near train disaster, featured prominently in the much loved story, happened on this very stretch of railway. In his story, disaster was averted by Roberta removing her petticoat and waving it. We intend to wave everything we can get our hands on to avert the tragedy of the loss of our GREEN BELT.
The Save the Green Belt group will be demonstrating at Knockholt Station against the proposed development of 1,958 dwellings, 800 of which would be on GREEN BELT LAND right opposite the station. The Victorian lord of the manor objected to the railways encroaching on his land. Knockholt Station is in Halstead and this is where the developers are threatening to build the vast development. Knockholt is a tiny station, a holt really, very similar to the station in Nesbitt’s time, with a very restricted service and capacity – just another reason to consider seriously the effects of a large increase in the number of commuters using the station and facilities of the village.
Halstead already has an agreed 450 house development at the out of use Fort Halstead with a proposal for a further 300. The countryside in and around the village is used by youth groups, horse riders, cyclists, walkers and lovers of the countryside. This will all change if we allow the urban sprawl from the London suburbs to take over our irreplaceable GREEN BELT.
From: Jean Peel, Secretary. HALSTEAD GREEN BELT FUTURE GROUP
Contact: 07841 768636, e: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com or write to Planning Policy, Sevenoaks District Council, Argyle Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1HG
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
If you are resident of Pratts Bottom please attend the Annual General Meeting of the Residents Association on Friday 22 September, 7.30 pm at the Village Hall. The dreadful bus service will be one of the issues discussed. Be there early to be sure of a seat!