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What?

Statue of Major General James Wolfe
The Sevenoaks Local Plan will identify how much, and determine where, new homes and commercial property can be built sustainably between now and 2035.

We are working to have the Which Way Westerham proposals included in the draft Local Plan.

The proposals would entail allocations for approximately 600 homes, including 240 made genuinely affordable and for sale or rent, in four sustainably located communities and connected to the town by footpaths, a new small business estate providing new jobs, a relief road to divert the A25 around Westerham town centre, improvements to the public realm and parking in the town centre, and improvements for the GP surgery and Primary School.

New landscapes would also be created through the creation of 25.2ha (62 acres) of Common Land within the Green Belt, open to the public for use and protected from development in perpetuity.

Both the new Common Land and 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 acres) of land would be released from the Green Belt for housing and employment uses – equivalent to just less than 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.
The change in the Green Belt boundary around Westerham and the major development on AONB land is justified by the exceptional circumstances that exist for the WWW proposals: