Planning

Review of planning applications is the core of the Society’s work. Through its team of scrutineers, the Planning Committee reviews the list of planning applications from the three Borough Councils which cover the Weald, Tunbridge Wells, Ashford & Maidstone.  Occasionally outright objections are made if the Committee considers that an application does not comply with planning policy or is in some way detrimental to the environment or residents’ interests. Frequently comments are sent in when the application is acceptable in principle but would be improved, for instance, by the use of more appropriate materials or by the development being scaled down.

The Planning Committee’s views and procedures are based on the Scrutineers’ Guide, a set of WKPS guidance notes, which incorporate the latest planning policies and regulations.

Planning Committee meetings are held in different locations often hosted by one of our Village Representatives; members who provide useful information to Scrutineers on cases being considered by the Planning Committee. VRs are a vital link with local opinion in the villages, and can also draw our attention to possible planning contraventions, and to public consultations or meetings on planning applications.

WKPS considers hundreds of planning applications submitted to the borough councils of Ashford, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells every year.  

Planning News September 2017

PLANNING NEWS — SEPTEMBER 2017 The Planning Committee met in September in High Halden. This bulletin contains news relating to applications dealt with and decisions handed dow…

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Ashford BC Local Plan ‘Main Changes’ 2030 – Contribution from WKPS

Proposed ‘Main Changes’ to the Ashford Local Plan 2030 — Contribution from Weald of Kent Protection Society   The Weald of Kent Protection Society supports the rev…

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Planning News – August 2017

The Planning Committee met in August in Ebony. This bulletin contains news relating to applications dealt with and decisions handed down since the last meeting in June, as well as…

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Planning News June 2017

  PLANNING NEWS — JUNE 2017 The Planning Committee met in June in Smarden. This bulletin contains news relating to applications dealt with and decisions handed down si…

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Planning News May 2017

The Planning Committee met in May in Rolvenden Layne. This bulletin contains news relating to applications dealt with and decisions handed down since the last meeting in April, as well as proposed future action on some current applications.

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Planning News April 2017

The Planning Committee met in April in Benenden. This bulletin contains news relating to applications dealt with and decisions handed down since the last meeting in February, as we…

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Planning News February 2017

The Planning Committee met February in High Halden.   This bulletin contains news relating to applications dealt with and decisions handed down since the last meeting in December…

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