Getting through the maze – the “how to” guide for Regulation 19 representations

May 7, 2021

With the consultation into Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s Draft Local Plan now open, and set to run until 5pm on June 4th, Save Capel has created guides designed to help you make your submission and have your voice heard.

Save Capel has been working alongside Capel Parish Council (CPC), Capel Greenbelt Protection Society (CGPS) and Keep Kent Green (KKG), to review and analyse the documents published by the council, and to identify the key issues we need to highlight in our response.

Thanks to the generosity of Save Capel Supporters we are able to do initial work with professional advisers with experience of this stage of the process, and whose input will be valued by the Planning Inspector. We are working with Legal Advisers and have appointed a specialist Transportation Consultancy to help to build our case around the crucial transport and other infrastructure weaknesses in the Plan.

As individual opponents of the Local Plan you also have the opportunity to comment and contribute to the Consultation.

To help you, Save Capel has put together a visual guide to some of the of the topics you might like to think about when doing your representation. Below these are some briefing notes which will help you navigate the Regulation 19 Representations process.

Regulation 19 infographic

Download the Briefing Notes (PDF) here

If you’re the type of person who thinks better using pictures rather than words, we’ve also put together some slides that reflect what’s in the Handbook

Download the Visual Briefing (PDF) here

Many of you submitted your objections to the TWBC local plan during Regulation 18 back in the autumn of 2019. It is essential that you provide your comments again at Regulation 19. Your input can be made via the TWBC website or a downloadable response form which can be emailed or posted.

Both options can be accessed here https://tunbridgewells.gov.uk/…/making-representations…

The format of the representations is structured to assist the Inspector, however, you will be able to make any comments that you want, in your own words. Save Capel will not be suggesting template responses, as we have been advised that they would be disregarded.

This is our final opportunity to make our views known against this disastrous Local Plan and the Councillors who are supporting it.

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