Proposals put forward by Which Way Westerham have made it through to the next stage of consideration for inclusion in Sevenoaks District Council’s DRAFT Local Plan.
The proposals, if adopted by Sevenoaks District Council, would reduce congestion in the town by creating a relief road. It would also deliver approximately 600 new homes across four sites in the town, of which 40 per cent would be affordable to buy or rent enabling local people get on the housing ladder.
Henry Warde of Squerryes Estate said: “While this is excellent news we know we still have a lot of work to do to convince the local Councillors and also our local residents of the strength of our case.”
The plans also include funding improvements to the public realm in the town centre and the GP surgery and Primary School.
To support the creation of new jobs in the town, the plans also include a new small business estate, and a relief road to take through traffic away from Westerham town centre, all on land owned by the Squerryes Estate.
A total of 25.2ha (62.2 acres) of new Common Land would be designated within the Green Belt that would be open to the public for use and protected from development in perpetuity.
A further 25.1ha (62 acres) of Green Belt land would benefit from the extensive environmental enhancements needed to deliver the Kent Downs AONB Management Plan 2014-19 for the Westerham area.
To achieve this 21.53ha (53.2 acres) of land would be released from the Green Belt for housing and employment uses – equivalent to just 4% of the Green Belt around Westerham. Additionally 3.8ha (9.4 acres) of Green Belt land would be required for the corridor for the relief road, which is identified as essential infrastructure.
Henry Warde of Squerryes Estate said: “The release of the Green Belt land proposed under the justification of the exceptional circumstances that exist for the WWW proposals – the need for the housing, the need for the relief road, the ability to take a comprehensive approach to the town, the single land ownership that makes delivery possible and the wide range of social, environmental and economic sustainability benefits that the proposals generate for the long term preservation of the historic town.”