Planning Inspector approves Swanley Centre redevelopment | Sevenoaks District Council

Planning Inspector approves Swanley Centre redevelopment

Published: Wednesday, 17th July 2019

The Government’s Planning Inspectorate has granted planning permission for the partial redevelopment of Swanley Centre on appeal after the original application was refused.

Applicant and Swanley Centre owners, U+I, applied to Sevenoaks District Council for planning permission to replace the existing centre with seven tower blocks ranging from three to 11 stories high providing 303 new homes and 4,318 square metres of commercial and retail space.

The Council’s Development Control Committee refused the application on 16 November 2017. U+I subsequently appealed against the Council’s decision and the planning appeal was heard at a public inquiry from 4 to 7 June 2019.

The Planning Inspectorate’s decision was announced yesterday, Tuesday 16 July 2019, and is subject to conditions and a legal agreement.

Cllr Julia Thornton, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Development and Conservation, says: “Our Development Control Committee refused this application as it had serious concerns about the impact on neighbours and the wider town. But, the final decision was made hundreds of miles away from Swanley by the Bristol-based Planning Inspectorate.”