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BMRA Newsletter - November 2013
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.
NEW CREMATORIUM APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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
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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