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Remembrance Service: Sunday 10 November, 10:55am @ Memorial Hall, Five Wents
Oct 21,2019


Annual Fireworks Event: Gates Open 7:00pm | Fireworks at 7:30pm @ Hextable Park
Oct 21,2019


Blue Light Jobs Fair: Thurs 14 Nov. 6pm-9pm @ Orchards Academy
Oct 14,2019


Hextable Motor Show July 18th 2020
Sept 29,2019

Official Exhibitor/Trader enquiry line for Hextable Motor Show & Family Fun Day 07818 727644


National Highways & Transport Network - Public Satisfaction Surveys
Sept 15,2019

This year, for the second year, Kent County Council is taking part in the NHT Public Satisfaction Survey on highways and transport services. Whilst the main survey is being carried out by Ipsos MORI, who will be sending forms to a representative sample of households, we have also opted to take part in six web-based surveys on specific issues:

  • Highway maintenance 
  • Accessibility
  • Walking and cycling
  • Public transport 
  • Road safety
  • Tackling congestion 

These surveys are publicly available online, and may be accessed via our website using this link:

https://kccconsultations.inconsult.uk/consult.ti/Nationaltransportsurvey2019_20/consultationHome

The greater the take-up of the surveys, the more useful they will be in helping us to understand the priorities and concerns of people who live or work in Kent, so please feel welcome to complete any of the surveys which interest you. If you have any issues or concerns then please feel free to contact us.


Hextable Motor Show July 18th 2020
Sept 08,2019

"Hextable Parish council together with Hextable Hub, the village residents association, are organising a Motor Show and Village Fun Day at Hextable Park Emersons Avenue Hextable BR8 7WS on 18th July 2020.

We are looking for stall holders to trade at the Show, selling Handbags/leather goods, plants, car related goods, jewellery, this is not an exhaustive list so if you would like a stall at the show and it is selling goods not listed you can contact us on Hextable Motor Show Facebook page messenger".


Kent Highways Forward Works Programme
Sept 08,2019

Kent Highways have produced their full Years One and Two (2019/20-2020/21) Forward Works Programme.

The programme is available for public viewing on the website: https://www.kent.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/94574/Highways-planned-works-programme.pdf.

They are currently working on our Year Three to Five (2021/22-2023/24) Forward Works Programme, and plan to publish this later this year.


Swanley Mental Health Crisis
July 23,2019


Planning Inspector approves Swanley Centre redevelopment
July 23,2019

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.”


Upgrading Gas Network in Main Road from Monday 1 July for Approx Six Weeks
June 13,2019


Local Plan Information
April 23,2019

 

Submitted Local Plan & the Impact on Hextable 

 

The Parish Council is pleased that the submitted version of the Local Plan (which has now been sent by Sevenoaks District Council for assessment by the National Planning Inspectorate) contains none of the Green Belt sites, that had been put forward during the initial Call for Sites initiative have been include.  Getting the plan right, that meets the needs of the development quota in the district, whilst maintaining our important Green Belt land in and around the village is vital - as the final plan will determine Planning Policy for the next 15 – 20 years.  This has only been achieved by consulting carefully and listening to residents, the Parish Council and our local District and Parish Councillors as consultees.

The submissions and the consultation periods are both now closed and there is nothing else that can be done until the plan has been reviewed by the Planning Inspectorate.  The examination of the submitted plan is believed to be completed over the coming months.  When it has been examined and found to be sound, this will form  the future planning framework for Development in our district.  The link below is to a short video which explains the process and in particular, the role of the Planning Inspectorate in the.   

Planning Inspectorate Video - Information on Local Plan

https://youtu.be/fiPau5w_J30

The Local Plan addresses the Government’s requirement to provide up to 14,000 new homes within the plan period in the district.  During summer 2018, there was a long consultation exercise, and as a result, the comments from this process have been considered and used, alongside further technical information, to produce the final draft of the Local Plan called the 'Proposed Submission Version of the Local Plan'.

Along with some other smaller sites, the significant development for Hextable includes 190 units on the former Oasis (Hextable School) site.  As we have reported regularly, one of the important considerations regarding this site is the retention of the Howard Venue, as a strategic and well-used community building and in particular, the Parish Council has made representation to include the provision of adequate parking that will help make this a sustainable facility.

When this document has been reviewed and approved by the National Planning Inspectorate, it will determine what sites can be developed over the coming 20+ years, and will form the planning guidance that will govern all future applications in and around Hextable.  The sites included are:

  • HO106 College Road Nurseries, College Road, Hextable 9 BF 
  • HO212 Egerton Nursery, Egerton Avenue, Hextable 19 BF 
  • HO225 Oasis Academy, Egerton Avenue, Hextable 127 BF
  • HO58 Land west of College Cottages (Saunders), College Road, 16 BF
  • O224 Former Furness School, Rowhill Road, Hextable 124 UC (Urban Confines)

Interactive Local Plan Map 

The link below, provides a useful way to view the sites above – by zooming in to the map, and clicking on each site:

https://maps.sevenoaks.gov.uk/crowdsource-polling-master/index.html?appid=af73a66186e540abb2cf0918f37a13e1


Egerton Nursery – Enforcement Action

On Wednesday 24th April, Sevenoaks District Council Enforcement team, together with Kent Police, carried out a raid on the former Egerton Nursery site and have started to take action on several breeches there. 

The Parish Council was informed formally on Friday 26th April by the Enforcement Officer that action has been taken as a result of recent concerns raised by the Parish Council to the planning department, and from the residents during the recent consultation. 


Hextable Parish Council - Future of the Parish Complex

It is well known that the parish council has been considering options for the future of the Parish Complex.  The developed site, off Dawson Drive contains four buildings that the parish own, each with different uses and merits.     

The parish council has a duty to ensure that the best use is made of the assets we own, and to consider how the community can benefit from the facilities we have, whilst minimising the financial burden on the tax payer.  

Our recent consultation with residents on some initial ideas for the future of the site, formed the very early stages of this consideration.  The feedback from this exercise will give us some valuable indication as to what the council may decide to do in the future.  The Parish Complex site, and all the council-owned facilities, belong collectively to the community, but the Parish Council manage these on behalf of our residents.  It is therefore essential that we use the feedback to help us in our future decisions.  

It is important to us to ensure that in considering what ever we may do on the Complex site, is of maximum benefit for as many of our residents and user groups as we can, and that there is alternative provision in the community to provide for any users of the existing facilities who may be displaced.  Part of our ambition to improve, and provide sustainable facilities includes the reinvestment of any funds received in the replacement of a permanent pavilion in the park for the many youngsters that use the current dilapidated building.  

The independent research company managing the feedback are working through the responses, and are are on programme to publish their report to be made available for members to review at full council in November, before we make this report available to residents.  

At the last meeting of the council, we resolved to ask our independent research company to compile the report (to be brought to the next council meeting) and for it to be provided to the new elected members of the council in May 2019 when options can be decided, this will be brought back to council in Spring 2020.  This is now available to view on the Parish Complex - Your Views page of this website.