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6 July 2021

An update on the Local Plan was reported to our Development and Conservation Advisory Committee on 6 July 2021.


8 April 2021

Last December, the Council asked for permission to challenge the Judicial Review ruling that upheld the Planning Inspector’s reasons for rejecting its draft Local Plan. The Council was informed on Friday 8 April 2021 that it had not succeeded with the challenge. Officers will be speaking with the Secretary of State to put forward a strategy that ensures a new Local Plan can be put in place as soon as possible. Read a full statement from the Leader of the Council.  


6 March 2020

The Planning Inspector has issued the final report in relation to the examination of the Sevenoaks District Local Plan.


21 January 2020

The Council's letter to the Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, outlining its concerns about the Planning Inspectors' conclusions with regards to the Local Plan examination.

3 January 2020

The Council's response to the Inspector's letter can be viewed in the Examination documents at ED45 and the Inspector’s reply to the Council’s letter of 18 November (ED42) can be viewed in the Examination documents at ED44

5 December 2019

The Council has submitted a further document as part of their response to the Inspector's letter of 28 October, 2019 (ED40). View the Duty to Co-operate Appendix 3, reference ED42C.

A number of letters and statements have been received from neighbouring local authorities, setting out their position in relation to the Duty to Co-operate. View these letters and statements.

19 November 2019

The Planning Inspector has sent a holding letter to the Council in response to its letter ED42.


18 November 2019

The Council has replied to the Inspector’s letter of 28 October, 2019 (ED40). View the Council’s letter (ED42) and the supporting documents Appendix 1: Schedule A (ED42A) and Appendix 2: Planning Advisory Service (PAS) meeting note (ED42B)


13 November 2019

During the election period, the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) will  not be issuing letters regarding the soundness or legal compliance of Local Plans. Find out more about PINS casework during the pre-election period.

The Council has received letters from representors in relation to the examination. The Inspector has confirmed she is not accepting documents which address the correspondence between the Inspector and Council following the hearing sessions. As the inspector is not accepting any comments on this correspondence, the documents will not become Examination documents. View these representor letters.

31 October 2019

The Inspector has written to the Council setting out more fully her concerns in relation to Duty to Co-operate. This letter can be viewed at ED40 in the Examination Documents. View the Council's response in letter ED41

The Inspector’s initial letter following the Stage 1 hearing  sessions can be viewed at ED37 in the Examination Documents.

21 October 2019 

Following the first two weeks of the hearing sessions the Inspector has written to the Council and the hearing sessions scheduled for Weeks 3 and 4 have been cancelled.  

The Inspector’s letter can be viewed at ED37 in the Examination Documents. View the Council's response in letter ED38 and ED38A Addendum to Duty to Co-operate Statement.

11 October 2019

During the Stage 1 hearing sessions the Inspector asked the Council to produce a note concerning deficiencies in infrastructure. This has now been submitted and can be viewed at ED36 in the Examination Documents. 


1 October 2019

The Council has submitted four documents concerning the Housing Supply and Trajectory. These can be viewed in the Examination Documents  at ED23-ED26


19 September

A Statement of Common Ground between Sevenoaks District Council and Kent County Council on Minerals and waste has been submitted to the examination and can be viewed in the Examination documents at ED17


21 August 2019

An updated Outline of Hearing Sessions and the first Draft of the Hearings with Participants have been posted on the Hearing Sessions page. 


5 August 2019

The hearing sessions of the Examination of the Sevenoaks District Local Plan have now been arranged.


8 July 2019

We have submitted the Site Position Statement in response to the Inspector’s Q14 in her initial questions to us. Our response can be viewed in Examination Document ED4 and Examination Document ED4A

We have also submitted additional information in response to the Inspector’s Question 5 and this can be viewed in the Examination Document ED5


2 July 2019

We replied to the Inspector’s initial questions (ED2) and our responses can be viewed in the examination documents references  ED3, ED3A and ED3B

14 June 2019

The Inspector has issued her initial questions to the Council with a response date of 28 June. View the list of questions.

20 May 2019

Karen Baker (DipTP MA DipMP MRTPI) has been appointed by the Secretary of State as the Planning Inspector for our Local Plan examination.

Full details can be viewed in the Appointment of Inspector letter.