Greg Clark and Carol Mackonochie respond to our letter regarding the recent flood events

Feb 28, 2020

On February 12 we wrote to our elected representatives, the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP and Councillor Carol Mackonochie, to ask how they will be working to ensure any development in the area does not add to the misery suffered by local residents.

A copy of the letter can be found here. On February 21 we received the following reply from Greg Clark, on which it was heartening to see he had taken the time to reinforce several key points.

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Shortly afterwards, we received the following reply from Carol Mackonochie, who mirrored some of Mr Clark’s comments.

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Save Capel is continuing to analyse the events and impacts of both storm Ciara and Dennis to inform our future submissions to the Local Plan consultation process, and we will be sharing reports in the future.

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#GardenVillageVisions Would you be prepared to look at the proposals for Capel when the Masterplan is published next year, and give us your assessment?

#GardenVillageVisions Where transport infrastructure in existing new garden villages has not been put in place despite promises, is there documentation showing why the plans were not deliverable? This would be useful to show where a new development is not workable.

#GardenVillageVisions Your findings around what is proposed not being realised is concerning. How do we ensure the deliverability of the proposals? And how do we hold the developers to account?

#GardenVillageVisions Are there resources showing costs for roads, cycle paths, bus services etc. for recently built developments? Our local borough is promising excellent infrastructure for the proposed stand-alone 2600 home development but we are concerned it is not viable.

. @TfNHomes
We also have one of the highest car ownership/usage already in Kent & well above the national average with no credible mitigation proposed. Section 10 of your report sounded very familiar and we have some questions. #GardenVillageVisions 2 of 2

. @TfNHomes Hi, we are in Capel Parish, Tunbridge Wells Borough, facing 4300+ homes in a rural community that would create urban merger across the entire parish. This includes a new garden village and the doubling of a small town on GV principles. #GardenVillageVisions 1 of 2