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SITE
Blighs 2: Marks & Spencer

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT
New store

SDC REFERENCE
STATUS Store built and opened October 2014.

SOCIETY RESPONSE
Objected to inadequate pedestrian access

COMMENTS
Some improvement on original. Also succeeded on use of ragstone on the London Road frontage.

SITE
Blighs 2: Housing in Pembroke Road

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT
Prestige flats: The Pembroke

SDC REFERENCE
13/ 0170

STATUS
Building completed

SOCIETY RESPONSE
Objected to first application, withdrawn. Second a small improvement, approved. We have subsequently commented on the incoherent overall design of this block.

COMMENTS

SITE
Bourchier Close

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT
Care Home

SDC REFERENCE
11/01878

STATUS
Work in progress

SOCIETY RESPONSE
Objected on grounds of loss of green lung and traffic issues

COMMENTS
Work may only commence once conditions are seen to be met

SITE
Buckhurst 2

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT
Decked car park

SDC REFERENCE
STATUS
Application by SDC withdrawn in October 2014. Revised proposals may be submitted

SOCIETY RESPONSE
We strongly opposed this proposal on grounds of design, size, impact on Knole Park, surroundings and traffic, and haste

COMMENTS
The many objections were strongly supported by the Knole Estate and the National Trust. The controversial application was withdrawn after objections from KCC Traffic Division

SITE
5-13 Lime Tree Walk, formerly Colin Bird’s Garage

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT
Residential

SDC REFERENCE
14/02809

STATUS
The application was refused and went to appeal. The Inspector refused the appeal and his report provides very useful information for any future application.

SOCIETY RESPONSE

We were strongly represented at the informal hearing and were pleased to have influenced the decision.

COMMENTS
This is a priority site to watch

SITE
Seal Hollow Road: Dawnings, Summerhill, Sealcot

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT
Demolition and replacement

SDC REFERENCE
12/01980
12/02127
14/01632

STATUS
Largely completed

SOCIETY RESPONSE
Originally we express concerns about over-development

COMMENTS
We were asked to act on this by Seal Hollow residents. As the programme developed, we felt objections were unlikely to succeed.

SITE
166 High Street, known as Edwards Electrical , previously Caffyns.

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT
Demolition and replacement with residential and office development

SDC REFERENCE

STATUS
The 1930s building has been demolished, but since then no progress

SOCIETY RESPONSE

COMMENTS
The privately-owned property is said to be on the market again

SITE
The Farmers pub site

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT
Demolished 2007, proposed replacement with office and residential

SDC REFERENCE
13/03596

STATUS
Permission granted on written appeal in March 2015 after the latest application was refused by SDC

SOCIETY RESPONSE
A regrettable decision. We and SDC have objected to this since 2007 as being over-dense, poorly designed and inappropriate for this sensitive location, with inadequate parking and insufficient affordable housing.

COMMENTS
The site is owned by the Glenman Corporation, an Irish Company.

SITE
Greatness Mill

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT
Partial demolition and rebuild of residential.

SDC REFERENCE
13/01635

STATUS

Work in progress and nearly completed

COMMENTS
Despite its appearance, most of what was there until 2015 was rebuilt after a fire in the 1920s. Historic England were not prepared to list it.

SITE
Lidl, London Road

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT
New store

SDC REFERENCE

STATUS
Completed

SOCIETY RESPONSE
We wrote about traffic issues and appearance from the front

COMMENTS
After pressure via Sevenoaks Chronicle and others, Lidl have now planted some trees along the front.

SITE
Morewood Close

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT
Demolition of old Police Station and building of blocks of flats

SDC REFERENCE

STATUS
Second application approved and buildings nearly completed

SOCIETY RESPONSE
Written concerns about traffic implications

COMMENTS

SITE
New Beacon School

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT
New Sports Hall

SDC REFERENCE
14/02059

STATUS
Decision pending on 2nd application

SOCIETY RESPONSE
We wrote on 08/04/14 and 03/08/14 re developments on the Green Belt. See our letters on SDC’s web-site

COMMENTS
Neighbouring residents have expressed concern. Proposed development not visible from the road.

SITE
Ragstones, 1, The Vine

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT
Demolition and replacement with block of flats

SDC REFERENCE
14/02577

STATUS
Appeal granted

SOCIETY RESPONSE
We objected to the original proposal and wrote again for the appeal.

COMMENTS

SITE
139 London Road.Formerly the Rock & Fountain pub

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT
Demolition and replacement with block of flats

SDC REFERENCE
14/02652

STATUS
Granted. The site has since been sold on.

SOCIETY RESPONSE
We objected to the first, but the second is more acceptable

COMMENTS
We regret that this historic building cannot be saved, but it has undergone so many alterations that almost none of the original building remains except the roof.

SITE
Carlton Works, St John’s Hill

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT
Demolition and replacement with block of flats

SDC REFERENCE
14/02288

STATUS
Refused by SDC on grounds of over-development. Sent to appeal

SOCIETY RESPONSE
We did not comment

COMMENTS
The loss of the art nouveau frontage may be regretted but it is hardly a shining example of the type, and is in very poor condition.

SITE
The New Inn, 75 St John’s Hill

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT
Demolition and replacement with block off 1-bedroom flats

SDC REFERENCE
13/01770
APP/G2245/A/13/2205389

STATUS
Refused by SDC September 2013 Granted on appeal February 2014
Demolished 2015. Work completed in 2016.

SOCIETY RESPONSE
No comment

COMMENTS
Although the loss of the pub would be sad, there was no strong case for keeping it if not economically viable.

SITE
The Castle, 87 St John’s Hill

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT
Demolition of ground floor rear extension and erection of two-storey extension to provide ground floor flat and first floor flat. Refurbishment of existing basement and existing ground floor to provide restaurant/bar area. Conversion of first and second floors to provide two further flats

SDC REFERENCE
13/03333

STATUS
A modified scheme was approved in April 2014, but no work has begun

SOCIETY RESPONSE
We objected to the first proposal on grounds of poor design of the extension and lack of parking.

COMMENTS

SITE
94-96 London Road

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT
Residential development, approved.

SDC REFERENCE
12/03119

STATUS
Conditions going through planning.

SOCIETY RESPONSE
Although this development may impact adversely on The Drive, we did not write to SDC, but are monitoring conditions

COMMENTS

SITE
98-116 London Road

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT
Residential and commercial development

SDC REFERENCE
14/02075

STATUS

The Second application was also refused by SDC and went to appeal. We were represented at the informal hearing and although the Inspector approved the appeal, she did impose a condition that at least ten affordable residences should be included.

SOCIETY RESPONSE
We supported STC’s recommendation for refusal

COMMENTS
Former Salmon’s printing works

SITE
Toni & Guys, The Market House, High Street

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT
Extension of shop to enclose the eastern open aracde

SDC REFERENCE
14/00160

STATUS
Approved on appeal

SOCIETY RESPONSE
We strongly objected to this and it was again refused by SDC before going to appeal

COMMENTS
The issue of public right of way is a concern, but was not considered in the appeal

SITE
Transterra House, 156 High Street

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT
Demolition and replacement with offices and flats

SDC REFERENCE
14/03235

STATUS
Refused by SDC 29/01/2015

SOCIETY RESPONSE
Considered after our opinion was sought by nearby residents.

COMMENTS
See detailed text for reasons for refusal

SITE
Tubs Hill House, north block

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT
Addition of penthouse flats when the building is converted to residences (91 flats).

SDC REFERENCE
14/01527

STATUS
Refused May 2014 and sent to appeal. Appeal granted. Work in progress.

SOCIETY RESPONSE
We wrote in July 2014 with various objections. The letter is on SDC’s website

COMMENTS
The developer does not need planning permission to convert the building, but does for the extra height. The building was sold again in March 2015.

SITE
Wildernesse Estate

PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT
Various proposals over recent years since the former Dorton House was sold: see detailed text

SDC REFERENCE
14/01562

STATUS
Pending

SOCIETY RESPONSE
Wildernesse RA are very active and experienced on this one and we support them when asked.

COMMENTS
Some of the proposals are desirable removals of earlier but unsuitable additions. The main controversy concerns the rebuild in Dorton Drive