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Public Hearing

The independent examiner for the Benenden Neighbourhood Plan has confirmed that he will need to hold a public hearing to explore a limited number of matters focused on the two allocation sites at East End (Benenden Hospital). This will take place virtually on Friday 25 June 2021.

The further comments from the examiner sets out the process he will follow and includes the six questions he has raised.

Only the groups identified by the examiner can respond to these questions (that is Benenden Parish Council, Biddenden Parish Council, Savills, Friends of East End, High Weald Area of Outstanding Beauty Unit, Kent County Council Highways, and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council). The independent examiner has confirmed in his further comments that only one representative from each of these groups will be invited to participate at the public hearing.

A link to the live stream and the subsequent recording of the public hearing that will be publicly available via our webcast site.

The following examination documents are available for viewing:

Neighbourhood Plan Independent Examination

The neighbourhood plan is now subject to an independent examination. The Borough Council has appointed an independent examiner (with the agreement of the qualifying body). The examiner reports to both the Borough Council and the qualifying body. The Examiner is not inviting any rebuttals or further contributions at this time and will be issuing further guidance on how the examination will proceed in due course.

The following examination documents are available for viewing:

Neighbourhood Plan Submission

Benenden Parish Council submitted the Benenden Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council on 2 October 2020 in accordance with Regulation 15 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended).

In accordance with Regulation 16 the Borough Council invited representations on the Benenden NDP for a six-week period from 30 October to 11 December 2020.

The neighbourhood plan will now be subject to an independent Examination. The Borough Council will appoint an independent examiner (with the agreement of the qualifying body). The examiner reports to both the Borough Council and the qualifying body. The Borough Council must formally consider the report. If it accepts the examiner’s report, it will arrange for a local referendum to be held to ensure that the community has the final say on whether the plan comes into force or not.

If you require further information on the Benenden Neighbourhood Development Plan consultation process, please contact the Planning Policy Team on 01892 554056 or email neighbourhoodplans@tunbridgewells.gov.uk.

Designation of Benenden Parish as a Neighbourhood Area

Benenden Parish Council applied to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council for the designation of a neighbourhood area under The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012. The area proposed covers the whole of the parished area of Benenden and is the first step for Benenden Parish Council in preparing a Neighbourhood Plan.

The application was approved on 31 August 2017.

The following documents are available for viewing:

Pre-Submission Neighbourhood Plan consultation

Benenden Parish Council published its draft, ‘Pre-Submission’ Neighbourhood Plan, under Regulation 14, on 25 August 2019. The consultation period of six weeks was extended from 11 October until 31 October 2019 due to delays in the production of hard copies of the Plan.

The Regulation 14 Plan, and supporting documents were posted on the Parish Council’s website and promoted via the Parish Magazine and notices on parish noticeboards, by an email to subscribers, and in the community shop. Hard copies of the Plan were made available in the Parish Office and via the shop, and copies of the supporting documents were available for parishioners.

The draft Regulation 14 Plan can be viewed at Benenden Neighbourhood Plan – Regulation 14 consultation,

For more information on the Benenden Neighbourhood Plan, please see the Benenden Parish Council website.