Swanley Centre planning appeal

An appeal against Sevenoaks District Council’s decision to refuse planning permission to redevelop Swanley Centre will take place in June.

The owners of Swanley Centre, U+I, lodged a planning application in 2017 to demolish the existing centre and replace it 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.

Sevenoaks District Council’s Development Control Committee had concerns about car parking arrangements, the height, scale and bulk of the proposals, believing they were out-of-keeping with the area, and that no affordable housing was included. The Committee refused the application on 16 November 2017. The following April, U+I appealed against the decision to the Government’s Planning Inspector.

The appeal will take the form of a public inquiry at the Alexandra Suite, St Mary’s Road, Swanley BR8 7BU from 10am on Tuesday 4 June until Friday 7 June 2019. The inquiry will include an evening session on Wednesday 5 June 2019 from 6.30pm. Proceedings are open to the public.

The appeal documents can be viewed at Sevenoaks District Council offices and online at www.sevenoaks.gov.uk by searching for planning application 17/02279.

Further information about planning appeals can be viewed at www.gov.uk/government/collections/taking-part-in-a-planning-listed-building-or-enforcement-appeal

After the appeal has taken place, the decision will be published on the Planning Inspectorate’s website https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk