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A character area assessment for Edenbridge will help shape future planning

Sevenoaks District Council has agreed a new planning policy for Edenbridge to ensure future developments conserve and enhance the town’s character.

The Edenbridge Character Area Assessment identifies the distinct features of the town that contribute to its uniqueness.

Ye Old Crown Inn in Edenbridge
Ye Old Crown Inn in Edenbridge

It will now be used as a tool when considering planning applications so that future development reflects local character.

The document was drawn up in partnership with Edenbridge Town Council and consulted on widely among residents and businesses last year.

Sevenoaks District Council’s portfolio holder for development and conservation, Cllr Julia Thornton, said: “We are really proud of this document.

"It’s thorough and informative and the interactive tool that accompanies it online is really efficient and easily accessible.

"A huge thank you should go to both Edenbridge Town Council and the officers at Sevenoaks District Council for delivering a safe public consultation during the pandemic, giving residents and businesses a voice in this process.”

Cllr Thornton said: “The ECAA will, without a doubt, be a useful tool going forward to help ensure that new development in Edenbridge adds rather than detracts from the town’s distinctive character.”

To find out more about the Edenbridge Character Area Assessment and to use the interactive map visit here.

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