Two years ago, almost to the day, the residents of Capel Parish were given the devastating news by the Head of Planning Services at Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, that 4,300 houses were being planned to be built in Capel as part of their Draft Local Plan. As a result, SaveCapel was formed as an action group to fight these grotesque plans and our efforts, generated an unprecedented response to the Reg18 process which took place in late 2019. We take this opportunity to thank those who helped and supported us at Reg18 which produced such fantastic results and responses.
Fast forward to March this year when the Reg19 Pre-Submission Local Plan was published which effectively ignored all comments made by the community at Reg18. Furthermore, Capel Parish was further “punished” by having an additional 700 houses added in the current iteration of the Local Plan.
The SaveCapel Executive, supported by teams of enthusiastic volunteers, have been working tirelessly, trawling through planning documents and policies to make a robust case against the disproportionate number of houses proposed for Capel. This has culminated in the production of detailed reports which form the basis of our Reg19 response which has been submitted by our Barrister.