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Neighbourhood Plan Proposal

Benenden Parish Council submitted the Benenden Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council on 2 October 2020 in accordance with Regulation 15 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended).

In accordance with Regulation 16 the Borough Council is inviting representations on the Benenden Neighbourhood Development Plan for a six-week period from 9am on Friday 30 October to 5pm on Friday 11 December 2020.

The following documents are available for viewing:

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You can also view the evidence documents in the drop list below.

The submitted Plan, response form and supporting documents can be downloaded from this webpage, or you can view and make comments via the Planning Policy Consultation Portal.

Comments on the Benenden NDP can be submitted to the Borough Council in the following ways:

  1. Online via the consultation portal.
  2. By email to: (please use the response form, which you can download from the document list above).
  3. By post to: Benenden NDP, Planning Policy, Planning Services, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1RS.

Following the six-week consultation period, the Borough Council will collate and pass all representations to an independent examiner who will look at them and the Plan documents when assessing whether the Benenden NDP meets the relevant legislation and can proceed to referendum. In responding to the consultation, you may also request to be notified of the Council’s decision regarding the outcome of the independent examination of the Plan (under Regulation 19 (see Question 2a of the response form).

If the examiner and the Council believe that the Plan meets all the relevant requirements, then a decision will be made to hold a referendum on the Plan, which will allow residents to decide whether the Benenden Neighbourhood Development Plan should be confirmed and become part of the Development Plan for the borough, carrying relevant legal weight in the determination of planning applications in the parish of Benenden.

Further information and background documents on the Benenden NDP are available to view on the Parish Council’s website.

If you require further information on the Benenden Neighbourhood Development Plan consultation process, please contact the Planning Policy Team on 01892 554056 or email

Designation of Benenden Parish as a Neighbourhood Area

Benenden Parish Council applied to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council for the designation of a neighbourhood area under The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012. The area proposed covers the whole of the parished area of Benenden and is the first step for Benenden Parish Council in preparing a Neighbourhood Plan.

The application was approved on 31 August 2017.

The following documents are available for viewing:

Pre-Submission Neighbourhood Plan consultation

Benenden Parish Council published its draft, ‘Pre-Submission’ Neighbourhood Plan, under Regulation 14, on 25 August 2019. The consultation period of six weeks was extended from 11 October until 31 October 2019 due to delays in the production of hard copies of the Plan.

The Regulation 14 Plan, and supporting documents were posted on the Parish Council’s website and promoted via the Parish Magazine and notices on parish noticeboards, by an email to subscribers, and in the community shop. Hard copies of the Plan were made available in the Parish Office and via the shop, and copies of the supporting documents were available for parishioners.

The draft Regulation 14 Plan can be viewed at Benenden Neighbourhood Plan – Regulation 14 consultation,

For more information on the Benenden Neighbourhood Plan, please see the Benenden Parish Council website.