Neighbourhood Development Plan


Brenchley Parish Council
Neighbourhood Development Plan

Letter from the Chairman of Brenchley Parish Council:

I am seeking the support of residents, businesses and community organizations in Brenchley and Matfield for a Neighbourhood Development Plan, more commonly known as a Neighbourhood Plan.

Two years ago, I made a promise to ensure the production of a Parish Plan. Earlier this year, the results of the Parish Plan Survey were published, highlighting many issues important to the community.

However, in the intervening two years, much has changed on the planning front, both nationally and locally. There is increasing pressure from the Government to provide more sustainable development of every kind. Tunbridge Wells Borough Council are progressing a Local Plan that reflects that pressure, being required to provide over 13000 houses in the period up to 2033. Many residents have recently been concerned at the extent of land around our villages that has been put forward for consideration for development, in the two Calls for Sites made in connection with the new Local Plan.

The Parish Council has therefore decided that, rather than a Parish Plan, which has no force in law, the best way forward for the Parish is to build upon the work already done for the Parish Plan by developing a Neighbourhood Plan. This will, if adopted, have legal force and become a material consideration in the planning process, so that the Borough Council will have to take the wishes of the community into account when determining planning policy and planning applications.

The Parish Council has started the process of making a Neighbourhood Plan by applying to the Borough for the designation of the whole of the parish as the area to which the Plan will apply. Before approving this, the Borough will carry out a consultation, starting on 9th October. You can support our application by going on the Borough’s website
( ) or by replying positively if consulted directly.

Once, the application is approved, I would urge everybody to get involved in the process, as this is truly your chance to shape the future of the Parish. Please come to the first public meeting (likely to be early in the new year - as subsequently announced at the end of October), to hear what a Neighbourhood Plan means and how it will be taken forward and encourage friends, neighbours, employees and fellow members of associations and clubs to come along. As the Plan progresses, there will be the opportunity for active participation to identify what the neighbourhood plan should contain so that it is a real community project for everyone.

Chris Woodley
Parish Chairman

Associated Documents:

The proposed boundary of the Neighbourhood Development Plan area - which coincides with the Brenchley Parish boundary:
Brenchley Parish NDP boundary

NDP application letter to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council:
NDP Application Letter

Parish Plan Survey Report:
Survey Report