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Neighbourhood Plan Proposal

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

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.