Knole HouseThe National Trust recently brought forward proposals to improve the surfacing, layout and drainage of the car parking area in front of Knole House. The Society has been pressing SDC and the National Trust to investigate alternative access and parking arrangements for Knole House. As visitor numbers increase the current access arrangements along Knole Lane become increasingly unsustainable, particularly at peak visitor times. The Director General of the National Trust has now proposed a meeting of all the interested parties at which the Sevenoaks Society will be represented.

The Society is often approached by local residents or their Associations and other concerned bodies and persons regarding proposed developments affecting private residences. The Society monitors the weekly list of planning applications and whilst in general we try to keep out of neighbour disputes, we may well become involved in commenting upon or objecting to, a proposal where we believe there is a public interest concern. This may arise where a proposal involves inappropriate development, the alteration or demolition of a listed or locally listed building or where a proposal creates an adverse impact on the setting of such a building or conservation area. As with all schemes, we will also consider whether the proposed design is consistent with the character of the area, notable trees and open spaces may be affected, or there are significant traffic implications.