PC Development Strategy


Development Strategy

To Residents and Businesses of Brenchley and Matfield.

I am pleased to present to you the Parish Council's policy statement on planning and development. This has been produced to coincide with the preparation of a new Local Plan by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, which will guide planning and development in the borough, up to 2033.

The P.C. has previously made it clear that it cannot, and will not, maintain a blanket opposition to development in the parish. We intend to adopt a pragmatic approach, and this is set out in the document. Such an approach recognizes the need to protect the AONB, and the Limits of Built Development around our villages, whilst acknowledging that some development will come to the Parish. The document identifies the criteria that we will use to assess whether particular proposals will be given in-principle support by the PC. Specific planning applications will be assessed on their merits, and having regard to national and local planning policy.

My fellow-councillors and I commend the policy statement to you, and we trust that it meets with your approval. We would welcome any feedback that you may wish to provide, and all comments will be acknowledged.

The document can be viewed on the Council Documents page of this website or by clicking here.

Cllr. Chris Woodley,