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BT Phone Box East Of Red Brooke, Uckfield Lane, Hever
Issued 18 August 2015
Sevenoaks District Council's Decision to the removal of BT public payphone located East Of Red Brooke, Uckfield Lane, Hever– Reference SE/15/01575/CAN
We carried out this consultation after British Telecommunications Plc. informed us of its proposal to remove the telephone equipment located East Of Red Brooke, Uckfield Lane, Hever.
Following the two stages of consultation we have now issued a Final Notification.
You can view the application online by clicking on www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/online-applications (reference number 15/01575/CAN) or via a computer at the Council Offices, Argyle Road, Sevenoaks.
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  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.
Scale Bars on Drawings
We now require all scaled drawings submitted with a planning application to show a metric scale bar and at least one dimension. In the instance of one plan where more than one scale is used then all relevant scale bars should be shown. The requirement has been displayed on our Validation Checklists for some time but it is now necessary to require this to validate each application. Please check the relevant Validation Checklist to ensure all requirements are met before submitting the application.
Drawings for each application are displayed on Public Access where there is the ability to measure online. To enable this tool to work each drawing must display an annotated scale bar or an accurate dimension. There is an introduction to the Online Measuring Tool available when selecting this for a particular drawing.
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.
Gypsy and Traveller Plan
We recently consulted on our Gypsy and Traveller Plan Site Options and Supplementary Site Options. To view these documents and comments please visit our Gypsy and Traveller Plan webpage.
Planning Policy consultations
On 28 November 2014 the Government amended the National Planning Practice Guidance(NPPG) to restrict the circumstances where contributions for affordable housing should be sought. Under the new guidance, contributions should not be sought from developments of ten units or less, and which have a maximum combined gross floorspace of no more than 1000sqm. In designated rural areas contributions should not be sought for developments of 5 units or less.
These thresholds apply with immediate effect.
Affordable housing contributions will continue to apply to developments above the new thresholds in accordance with Core Strategy Policy SP3 and the Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document. In schemes where vacant buildings are redeveloped or brought back into use a vacant building credit may apply as described in the National Planning Practice Guidance.