Local Plan Hearing Sessions and Consultation

Latest News 

After the October hearings the Planning Inspectorate have halted the November sessions.

The Planning Inspectorate have some serious concerns in relation to the legal compliance of the plan.  

Read the Planning Inspectorate comments


The Stage 1 hearing sessions which were due to take place in May and June 2020 but were postponed due to the Coronavirus, have now been re-scheduled and will take place on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 6 October, Wednesday 7 October and Thursday 8 October 2020
  • Tuesday 3 November, Wednesday 4 November and Thursday 5 November 2020
  • Tuesday 10 November and Wednesday 11 November 2020

The ways in which the hearings can be conducted safely, including using digital technology, are currently being explored in detail. Whilst the venue has been secured, the format of the hearings is not yet finalised and will depend on a number of factors including the level of participation. Further details of how the hearing sessions will operate will be issued closer to the hearing dates.

Kings Hill Parish Council’s response to the Local Plan Post Submission consultation is below. 

You will also find the parish council’s original Regulation 19 response on these documents.

Local Plan Post Submission Consultation

Local Plan Post Submission Consultation 4th November 2019 – 23rd December 2019

The Inspectors appointed to examine Tonbridge and Malling's Local Plan requested that Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council conducts an additional consultation relating to material published since the submission of the Plan to the Secretary of State on 23rd January 2019 and how this has or has not affected the soundness, legal compliance and meeting the Duty to Cooperate of the Local Plan. Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council is therefore inviting comments, also known as representations on the soundness of the Local Plan, taking account of this additional material.

Local Plan Update

Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council have prepared a new borough wide Local Plan focused on the period up to 2031.  This new Local Plan has been consulted upon and is now at the examination stage.  For the latest up date on the examination process please click below. 

Examination latest news and update - Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council

If you would like to review the examination documents please click below. 

Examination Documents 

The parish council has joined with Mereworth Parish Council to prepare a report in objection to the Tonbridge and Malling Local Plan.

Kings Hill Parish Council and Mereworth Parish Council joint report.                

Information On The Local Plan

Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council is preparing a new Local Plan. This is a very important document that will guide and manage future development in the Borough up to 2031.

The purpose of having a Plan is to identify future needs for new homes, jobs and community facilities such as schools, medical facilities, roads and public open space and then to put policies and plans in place to meet them. The Plan also provides a framework for considering and determining planning applications for anything from home improvements to major new developments.