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** IMPORTANT **
CREMATORIUM PLANNING APPLICATION        View application: www.badgersmount.net/planning

Are you aware that a planning application has been submitted to Sevenoaks District Council to build a crematorium and associated burial ground to the west of London Road, opposite Polhill Garden Centre and south of the Hand Made Kitchens business? 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.

Although this site is in Halstead Parish, the A224 road is in Shoreham Parish and the use of the site will impact on Badgers Mount. The site is in the Green Belt where strict constraints apply to prevent unsuitable development. At present it is agricultural land. As this would be a commercial operation the burial ground would not be consecrated and could not be returned to agriculture if the operation ceased.

From comments heard so far, it seems that there is a need for a crematorium somewhere in the Sevenoaks area due to the distances to existing facilities at Tunbridge Wells, Elmers End etc but other more suitable sites are probably available in the area.

The BMRA has objected to the application on the grounds of the increase in traffic on the A224 London Road with slow vehicles turning in to, or out of, the crematorium, poor access by public transport, pedestrian access, flooding (the field is often seen to have standing water after heavy rain), nearby residential property and the fact that the site is in the green belt. Both Shoreham and Halstead Parish Councils are objecting too.

If you want to comment about this application, it must be submitted to Sevenoaks District Council no later than 10th October 2013. You can email planning.comments@sevenoaks.gov.uk 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/13/02415/FUL.


We have also just heard that another company is about to submit an application for a crematorium slightly further south on the Oak Tree Farm site (where the concrete recycling site is at present). If this happens information will be available on our website and put on noticeboards and it is likely that similar objections will be made.

 

ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN       BMRA Road Safety

Slow progress is being made in relation to safety improvements on the Orpington Bypass & Old London Road.

You will recall from our last newsletter that the Police have agreed to a reduction in speed on the Bypass to 50mph just north of Woodlands View. KCC have advised that the proposal for the speed limit reduction Legal Order is now open for consultation. If you wish to see their proposals and make a comment please visit www.kent.gov.uk and type Proposed TROs in the search box. Click on the one result which appears, then Sevenoaks. The required order is at the top (Amendment 7).

We have also been advised that the new road markings and new pedestrian refuge on Old London Road should shortly be carried out. We are ever hopeful that this will be done before the end of this year!

 

SPEED GUN TRAINING

Two members of our Neighbourhood Watch committee attended the recent speed gun training session at SDC’s offices. Before the speed gun can be used there must be at least four people trained by the Police in its use. The NHW are aware of one other trained resident. If you would be interested in being trained, please contact us at the email address given above and we will forward your details on to the NHW. The Police are willing to come to Badgers Mount to train anyone interested.

 
....AND FINALLY, The Macmillan Coffee Morning held in the Memorial Hall recently raised 206.50 and was enjoyed by all who attended. Many thanks to all those who supported this worthy cause.
 

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