garage picA controversial proposal to demolish Colin Bird’s garage and associated buildings in Lime Tree Walk and to replace them with seventeen flats with ground floor parking attracted a good deal of opposition. Formerly known as Hilder’s Yard, this is a highly sensitive area just off London Road, and its relationship to the workers’ terrace houses designed by Sir Thomas Jackson demands careful treatment.

The Society’s view is that this site, next to the Sevenoaks Business Centre (formerly The lime Tree Hotel), is an important piece of Sevenoaks’s historical identity and the buildings should not be demolished. It is the last remaining Victorian workshop building in the centre of the town, where a series of coach-makers assembled and painted carriages. (Hence the narrow width of the lane leading off London Road).

We wrote opposing the original proposal and it was withdrawn, only to be resubmitted. The Society has again written to object: the latest new proposal is still much too overbearing for the location in general and will change the character of Hilders Yard completely. Planning permission was refused by SDC but the situation needs to be closely monitored. Click here for our letter.