Consultation Opens: Regulation 14

The NDP was first published as a rough draft on 23 February, inviting suggestions and comments from residents and other stakeholders.  Since then, the plan has been extensively rewritten; we haven’t altered any of the main site allocations, but we have checked planning regulations to ensure that our plan complies with relevant laws and guidelines, and we have also established that alternative sites would not meet the approval of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty management unit or satisfy the priorities within the National Planning Policy Framework.

Benenden Parish Council approved the revised NDP on 15 July and the next stage of consultation can finally begin today, 16th August. This revised document is available here Regulation 14 Plan on the NDP website, and we have made a few hard copies available in the community shop and parish office for those who do not have internet access.

Please review and make comments, direct to Caroline Levett ( who as clerk to the Parish Council will coordinate feedback. The Regulation 14 consultation is open for a minimum of six weeks. The closing date for comments will be Friday 11th October. Once the consultation has closed, the NDP team will review feedback, make further adjustments and then publish the Regulation 15 Plan, probably in December.

Paul Tolhurst, Chair, NDP Chair