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You may be aware that the planning application for a crematorium and burial ground south of Orchard Barn, London Road, Halstead has been REFUSED by SDC principally because of harm to the Green Belt but also as it was felt that the need for another crematorium had not been fully demonstrated. There is a perception that the existing crematoria are working at full capacity due to long waiting times, but they are, in fact, only using 60 – 70% of the available slots. We, along with a number of residents opposed this application.


1. A new application for a crematorium north of Oak Tree Farm, London Road, Halstead has now been submitted to SDC. Full details can be seen on the SDC (public access for planning) website or by following the link to the application on the home page of our website.

If you want to comment about this application, it must be submitted to Sevenoaks District Council no later than 27th November 2013. You can email or write to the Development Services Department, PO Box 183, Argyle Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 1GN. You must quote the following reference number in your correspondence SE/13/03178/FUL.

The applicant suggests some redundant and derelict structures on parts of the premises make the whole site “brownfield”, and that removing them and building the crematorium elsewhere on the site is acceptable. As the proposed location is approximately 200 yards from the refused application, the harm to the Green Belt will be similar. Retention of the openness of the Green Belt is considered to be a very high priority in the National Planning Policy Framework and SDC’s planning guidelines. The only significant difference from the first application is that it will use the existing access to Oak Tree Farm. This means that it will be sharing the access with HGVs using the concrete crushing works which is hardly ideal.

2. We understand that a third application for a crematorium at Watercroft Woods, Old London Road, opposite Badgers Rise is about to be submitted to SDC. This will have a more significant effect on Badgers Mount with the increased traffic using Old London Road and that it will be on the crest of the slope and therefore highly visible from many vantage points, including the end of Badgers Road. It will be just as detrimental to the Green Belt as the other applications.

GOOD NEWS!                                                        More details: Badgers Mount Broadband

Fibre Broadband is coming to Badgers Mount! Residents will no doubt be pleased to hear that KCC will be rolling this out from early 2014 in 8 phases. Badgers Mount is in phase 2 and is scheduled to upgraded sometime between April and September 2014.


We will be holding a carols evening on Saturday 14th December in the Memorial Hall from 7.45 pm, with carols commencing shortly after 8pm. The cost will be 3.00 per adult and 1.00 per child. Light refreshments will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional drink (and own glasses) too. So that we know how many people to cater for, please make your reservation at one of the coffee mornings or by phoning Gordon (534279).


Committee members will soon be calling to collect subscriptions for the current financial year. There will be no change to the fee payable - 2 per adult with a maximum of 4 payable per house.

As this is our last Newsletter of 2013 we send you all our best wishes for a Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year.



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