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BT Telephone Box removals across the district

Public Consultation – second stage: expires 2 February 2017

The Council is carrying out this consultation after British Telecommunications PLC informed us of its intention to remove telephone kiosks at several locations across the District.

Removal notice of BT Telephone Boxes

The consultation process has two stages and this consultation is the second stage. If the phone box referred to in this consultation letter is a red heritage phone box there is also an opportunity to adopt it, please see the details on the BT website https://business.bt.com/products/voice/payphone-services.

Following the initial consultation, the Council has now issued First (Draft) Notifications and we are conducting a further one-month consultation informed by the draft decision, on which further views are now sought. Members of the public have until 2 February 2017 to make any additional comments, which will be taken into account before the Final Notification to British Telecommunications Plc is published.

You can view the applications online by clicking on www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/online-applications and typing the relevant reference number in the search field or at the Council Offices, Argyle Road, Sevenoaks.

If you would like to comment on the proposal please do so online (details as above) or in writing quoting the relevant reference number, your name and full address. The expiry date for any comments is 2 February 2017. All comments we receive will be placed on the planning file which is available for public inspection. Your name and address will be published with your comment however, personal telephone numbers, email addresses and signatures will not be published on our website.

Call for Sites

Local residents, landowners, developers, businesses and other interested parties are invited to put forward to the District Council sites for development within Sevenoaks District that may be suitable for future development and inclusion in the new Local Plan.  

The call for sites does not determine if a site should be allocated for development. It is a technical exercise aimed at identifying potential sites for development. All submitted sites will be assessed in the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) and the Economic Land Availability Assessment (ELAA), and these documents will be used to inform the selection of suitable sites to be taken forward in the Local Plan.

Sites which were submitted in November 2015 will be included in the first draft of the SHLAA. Details of these sites will be presented to the Planning Advisory Committee on 21 June 2016.

Any new sites will be included in subsequent drafts of the SHLAA.

For further information see our Call for Sites submission webpage.

Affordable Housing Provision

We have adopted policies within our Core Strategy (SP3) that relate to the delivery of affordable housing. In November 2014 a Written Ministerial Statement was issued that effectively raised the threshold for collecting contributions from schemes over 10 dwellings (or 5 in the case of developments within Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty). The changes also brought in the concept of "vacant building credit" requiring Councils to off-set affordable housing contributions with vacant buildings that are brought back into use. National Planning Practice Guidance was amended to reflect the statement.

A judgement was issued on 31 July 2015 following the Judicial Review brought by West Berkshire District and Reading Borough Council against the Department for Communities and Local Government. 

In summary the judge found in favour of the claimants and following the judgement, The National Planning Practice Guidance was amended on 31 July 2015 as follows –

"Please note that paragraphs 012-023 of the guidance on planning obligations will be removed following the judgment in R (on the application of West Berkshire District Council and Reading Borough Council) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government [2015] EWHC 2222 (Admin)."

In light of this judgement it is the intention of this Council to revert to its pre-Ministerial Statement position relying on our Development Plan Policies (esp. SP3) in the absence of any material consideration to the contrary. 

The Allocations and Development Management Plan

The Allocations and Development Management Plan was adopted by us on the 17 February 2015. It forms part of the Local Plan for Sevenoaks District alongside the Core Strategy. The policies in the Allocations and Development Management Plan replace those in the Saved Local Plan Compendium. 

Green Belt Supplementary Planning Document

The Green Belt SPD sets out further guidance on how we will implement Green Belt Policies in the Allocations and Development Management Plan and the Green Belt policies of the National Planning Policy Framework.