Letter from Stephen Baughen

Mar 15, 2020

On February 18 Save Capel wrote to Stephen Baughen, Head Head of Planning Services at Tunbridge Wells Borough Council. In the letter, we posed questions relating to the Regulation 18 process and any potential delay to the Regulation 19 timetable.

We also called for clarity regarding the call for sites relating to the plan and asked how the recent flooding in the area was being addressed in the plan. We also offered Mr Baughan the opportunity to address our AGM, either in person or by way of a written statement. A copy of our letter can be read by following this link:

Mr Baughen replied on February 21 and included a statement which was read to the members present at our AGM on March 9. Mr Baughen’s letter can be read by clicking the image below:

Mr Baughen’s letter did not rule out a delay to the start of the Regulation 19 process, citing the work required to review all the submissions to Regulation 18. The letter also highlighted a link to an interactive map which shows sites that have been submitted for consideration as part of the Draft Local Plan. Interestingly this new website includes recent submissions and categorises sites based on when they were submitted.

That map can be accessed here

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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