TWBC has released an initial statement in response to the Inspector’s findings, saying “The Council will consider all of the points raised by the inspector before making decision on how to progress the Plan to adoption”. Save Capel wrote to the Leader, Ben Chapelard, and to Carlos Hone who is the new Head of Planning following Stephen Baughen’s departure. Mr Chapelard replied “TWBC will be in touch in due course” but no response has yet been received from Mr Hone. You can read our letters below.
Save Capel was recently interviewed by Martin Webber, who worked at the BBC for around 30 years, about the local housing policy for West Kent Radio. Martin also spoke to Councillor Hugo Pound, Cabinet member for Housing and Planning who said, “…the third option, which is one we will consider, is dropping it [Tudeley Village] altogether or maybe putting it on the backburner until later in the plan”. No doubt you will have your own opinion on whether TWBC is in denial given the clear preference of the Inspector. Hadlow Estate has not taken up the opportunity for an interview. You can listen to the interviews broadcast by West Kent Radio on 22nd November 2022 online.