Tonbridge and Malling Local Plan Post-Submission Consultation begins: Have your say

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Last Updated: 29 Nov 2019 2:11pm

Updated 28 November 2019: extension of closing date to 4pm, 23 December 2019.

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council is inviting local people, groups, businesses and other key stakeholders to give their views, also known as representations, on the Local Plan, taking account of additional material. The Inspectors appointed to examine the Tonbridge and Malling Local Plan have requested that the Council conducts an additional consultation relating to some of the material published since the submission of the Plan to the Secretary of State on 23rd January 2019 and how this may affect the soundness, legal compliance and meeting the Duty to Cooperate of the Local Plan. The consultation is currently open and all comments must be submitted by 4pm on Monday 23 December 2019.

The Local Plan is a key strategic document, which will guide and manage future development in the borough up to the year 2031. The purpose of having a Local Plan is to identify how future needs for new homes will be met, along with jobs, businesses and community facilities such as schools, medical facilities, roads and public open spaces.  The Local Plan will also provide a framework for considering and determining planning applications for anything from home improvements to major new developments and identifies sites that could feature in meeting development needs in the most sustainable way.

All duly made comments received during the consultation period will be sent to the Inspectors as soon as practicably possible after Monday 23 December 2019.

How to take part in the Public Consultation

The information below sets out how and by when to make such representations, as well as where to find these relevant documents.

Viewing the consultation documents:

The Local Plan and supporting documents can be found on here or, for those who prefer to see hard copies, the documents are available to view at the Council’s Kings Hill offices and at Tonbridge Gateway during normal office hours.

Online Response Form:

The Council’s preference is to receive comments online using the Council’s consultation software. If you cannot access the internet you can fill out a response form available at the Council’s offices at Kings Hill or Tonbridge Castle or by contacting the Planning Policy team, Gibson Building, Gibson Drive, Kings Hill, West Malling ME19 4LZ. These should be completed and returned to the same address no later than 4pm on Monday 23 December 2019.

Consultation Documents:

The evidence under consideration is as follows:

  • ED3/ED3A-E        Landscape and Visual Impact Appraisal;
  • ED4/ED4A A20 VISUM highway reports;
  • ED5 M26 Jn2a Merge Diverge Highway Assessment report (Feb 2019);
  • ED6 Habitats Regulation Assessment Rev C; and
  • ED13 Sustainability Appraisal Addendum report.

The supporting information that the Council is consulting on is as follows:

  • ED8B Para 116 Topic Paper;
  • ED10 Green Belt Exceptional Circumstances Topic Paper;
  • ED12 Spatial Strategy Topic Paper;
  • ED19 TMBC letter to Inspectors (28.06.19) (Section 5 onwards);
  • ED19B Table 2 Appendix Indicative Development Distribution Table;
  • ED19C Table 3 Settlement Hierarchy Rural Service Centres;
  • ED20   Site Selection Topic Paper – including housing numbers
  • ED23   TMBC covering letter including the responses to the remaining Inspectors' questions (31.07.19) (Section 2 onwards, but not sections 7 and 10);
  • ED23A   Appendix 3 Clarification of funding position for critical and essential infrastructure; and
  • ED25 Regulation 19 stage: main issues and The Council’s responses.

Consultation period:

Representations must be received by the Council from Monday 4 November 2019 to 4pm on Monday 23 December 2019.

Any representations relating to other evidence base documents, or part(s) of the Local Plan that are unrelated to the documents referenced will not be taken into account by the Examination Inspectors.

What happens to the representations?

Duly made representations received during the consultation period will be submitted to the Examination Inspectors following the closure of the consultation.

Representations cannot be treated as confidential – personal details including signatures, phone numbers and email addresses will be removed prior to publishing. Data will be processed and held in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations 2018 and Data Protection Act 2018. At any time, should you wish for your details to no longer be held by Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council, for the purposes of the Local Plan consultation data base you can email stating you wish for you details to be removed.

For any further queries, please e-mail: or contact the Local Plan Team on 01732 876266.