Thank you to everyone who commented on our early ideas to improve the Stangrove Estate at our consultation earlier this year.
We have reviewed your responses and have produced a report setting out a summary of the comments together with the raw data.
As a result of reviewing residents' comments, we are:
- Working with our consultants to see how we might improve the original proposals
- Carrying out ecological and further tree surveys that maybe required as part of any planning process and in response to residents' concerns
- Moving forward with essential work to some of the trees
- Working out the costings associated with the proposals.
Following this, and an assessment of our plans, we will carry out a transport study to address access concerns.
Background and our early ideas
Stangrove Estate was built in 1950s and 1960s by London County Council and was transferred to the ownership of Sevenoaks District Council in 1974. In 1989, the council housing was transferred to West Kent Housing Association with Sevenoaks District Council retaining many of the public open spaces
Today is a very popular place to live with a vibrant community but local people have raised concerns about some issues. The Estate was not designed for the number of vehicles trying to park there today and residents have told us there are not enough suitable parking spaces. Many drivers are parking on the green spaces, causing damage.
Several homes have been damaged by subsidence caused by trees. An independent tree specialist surveyed the trees and found a number have the potential to damage more homes. To protect residents' properties, we have proposed to remove or significantly reduce these trees.
In response to residents' concerns, we proposed to provide 47 off-road car parking spaces, better management of trees and open spaces, a bigger local shop and some new homes.