Creating Edenbridge Neighbourhood Plan gives the community a chance to shape the way the area develops over the years to 2030 – and beyond.
It is an opportunity to create really local planning policies, to fit in with the layers of District and National policies which already set the wider criteria that development must meet.
First drafts of possible policies were in a small booklet distributed to households earlier last year, to see if the local community thought these would achieve the Objectives that had been agreed. The replies to this consultation showed there was broadly agreement, but with divided opinions on housing. It also showed that there needed to be more views gathered from younger age groups, to balance the number of responses from more mature residents.
Further work was done to collect more views, especially on housing, to further refine the policies taking into account the responses received, and also to seek additional evidence where needed. After consultation the re-drafted policies were endorsed by the Town Council in March last year.
Work on the Edenbridge Neighbourhood Plan is currently “on hold”, while Sevenoaks District Council is preparing a new version of its own district-wide Local Plan. Edenbridge had sent SDC the first draft of its own policies for future housing, design, environment, economy, infrastructure, and health/learning/well-being for the Neighbourhood Plan — but these have to fit in with District policies (and the National Planning Policy Framework, which the Government is also reviewing now). It is likely to be the Autumn before the higher level Plans are set, and the draft Edenbridge Neighbourhood Plan can then be reviewed against those, and its policies possibly then amended.
Please send your comments to the Edenbridge Neighbourhood Plan Facebook page, or by e-mail, phone, or by letter.
Key contacts for Edenbridge Neighbourhood Plan:
Steering Group chairman Annette Hards – firstname.lastname@example.org
Edenbridge Town Council – 01732 865368 – email@example.com
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