“There is much work still to do…”
Whilst the number of houses proposed for East Capel has been significantly reduced, the revised plan would still see around 1,250 houses built on this part of the Parish. As Save Capel has often pointed out, East Capel is in the Green Belt, on a flood plain, and there is a serious risk of merger between an extended Paddock Wood and Five Oak Green.
Stewart Gledhill, Chairman of the campaign, has told the Press “we will continue our fight to protect our wonderful Parish and there is much work still to do. Whilst we support the progression of the local plan, we continue to have serious concerns about the development strategy for East Capel… We will set these out after studying the complete evidence when it becomes available and at the appropriate stages of the examination”.
Save Capel has argued at every stage of this long and drawn-out process that the garden settlement would be unsustainable and Tudeley is simply the wrong place for it. Many others agree, including neighbouring Tonbridge& Malling Borough Council, and the Inspector provided a clear way forward to remove Tudeley Village. Tunbridge Wells Planning Services have finally agreed this is the correct pathway.