Benenden Neighbourhood Plan
Full details and information can be found at http://www.benendenneighbourhoodplan.org/
To view Benenden's Made Neighbourhood Development Plan 2020-2038 click here
The Benenden Neighbourhood Development Plan referendum votes were counted on the night of 3rd February :
The average turnout in the UK for a Neighbourhood Plan referendum is 32%.
Message from Nicola Thomas, Chair of the Parish Council :
I would like to say a huge thank you for all the support we have received for the referendum on our NDP. Very happy that the YES vote gained a majority with the official result standing at 665 YES votes against 161 NO votes.
As Parish Councillors, frustratingly, we were not allowed to campaign for the NDP, and it has been down to a wonderful group of residents who have had to campaign, explain and cajole our residents into voting for the plan.
Most importantly this is the best result possible for the parish. The Parish Council now has a mandate to move forward safely in the knowledge that the NDP gives us the control we need over any new development. It will deliver the affordable housing required for, and requested by, our residents, while also welcoming new residents and families to help maintain our vibrant community. And at the same time the NDP will protect our green fields, precious views, wildlife and dark skies.
The NDP team and the Parish Council have always been baffled (and yes, frustrated) by the opposition to our plan, and this has been compounded by offers of discussion and engagement always refused by those opposing the plan. Change is often hard to accept, but now we will have the means to control this change, working in the best interests of the parish, with our policies to be adhered to at every stage of development – delivering cohesive, appropriate and attractive new housing.
Very special thanks must go to Paul Tolhurst and all the NDP volunteers, supporters and my fellow councillors, and also to Peter Davies, sadly no longer with us, who set our NDP in motion over four years ago – Peter, you can look down at your beloved Benenden and know that it is has all been worth it. Our parish, our plan, we got there in the end.
A referendum on the Benenden Neighbourhood Development Plan will be held on 3rd February 2022. This statement provides information on the referendum that is taking place, and the neighbourhood plan it relates to.
The referendum edges closer. Following a positive Independent Examination, the changes required by the Examiner have been incorporated, and an updated draft Plan submitted to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council. As the Local Planning Authority they are responsible for taking the Plan through the relevant Committees for review and sign-off prior to the referendum.
The draft Plan continues to require:
- Protection for 11 Green Spaces - such as the Glebe Field in Benenden, Iden Green Recreation Ground, and the Cricket Pitch at East End;
- Protection for 23 local Views - sitting on a ridgeline we have many lovely viewpoints;
- Provision of sufficient affordable housing in line with identified local needs;
- Making use of brownfield sites where possible, while protecting the AONB.
You can see the latest draft of our Plan here : Final draft of Bendenden's Neighbourhood Development Plan
To see the documents for consideration and decision by the TWBC Committees click on the following links :