25.01.21

Hever Parish Council have agreed to a Proposal from the Clerk to pause the affordable housing public consultation – until 1st May 2021.  There will be further information posted on the website (www.hever.org) shortly and another call for sites undertaken across the parish during the whole of February.

 

All feedback received to date will be retained and incorporated into the evidence going forward.

The Council would like to thank all those who have engaged in the consultation to date and subject to national guidance, hope that discussions can continue (including in public), in a balanced and respectful manner.

 

Please see www.hever.org or noticeboards across the parish for further information – including details on the call for sites process, regional affordable housing guides, frequently asked questions etc.  

The planned zoom sessions on 26th and 30 th will no longer be taking place.  Events and guidance on how to engage with the consultation (to re start from 1st May) will be released nearer the date. 

 

HPC Public Consultation Event Handout final

 

Frequently asked questions – uploaded 18.01.21 FAQ January 2021

How can I comment?

You have a month to comment (deadline 14th February) so no rush and lots of different ways to comment (to suit your style);

 

Hever Parish Council are required (by Sevenoaks District Council) to undertake a Housing needs survey every 5 years.  This was done (independently) in 2018 – you may remember getting a survey in the post, but totally understand that it was a long time ago and you may not have been interested in responding.  It was also advertised widely (on all noticeboards, Link magazine, Facebook, plastic banners etc.).  We have been considering the responses to that survey and investigating possible solutions to the issues raised – lack of affordable housing to rent, particularly smaller properties, for local people.  There is only site in the parish that is available for consideration (everything else was either not in a suitable location or landowner chose not to).  Now we want to provide locals with lots of opportunities to hear about the proposals and ask questions to Hever Parish Council (and English Rural Housing Association on the 20th) and for locals to be able to comment in lots of different ways (online survey, by email, leaflets delivered to households in Four Elms etc.).

Please note this is a consultation and opportunity to ask questions which we hope will be of interest, NOT a planning application.  This is because the parish council want your views.

The Parish Council won’t own the land or housing or have any financial interest or risk in the scheme whatsoever.

Please see lots of information on www.hever.org and join a zoom meeting if you have queries, before you comment and advise the Clerk if you need any assistance in submitting comments etc.   We are holding zoom meetings daytime, weekend and early evening to try to make it as accessible for everyone as we are unfortunately unable to hold public meetings and unlikely to do so for quite some time due to covid.  If none of these dates or time are convenient, please contact the Clerk who will happily arrange another time to answer your queries.

The deadline for comments is 14th February – so we hope that gives everyone lots of time to study the proposals.

Please do contribute to the consultation – your view is important!  Thank you.

 

Please see the one click links for zoom meetings below.  You do not need to download / install any apps.  If you wish to submit any questions in advance, please email clerk@hever.org

 

Wednesday 20th  January 10am – midday (English Rural Housing Association will also be present to answer queries)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/99045980003?pwd=SDB0U0xrNWhjb2lSQTY5S0lXdi9udz09

 

Tuesday 26th January 3- 5pm (Clerk and Councillors will be present to answer any questions)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/94756315752?pwd=V2J0SVlnQ20ya01yZzBJYkRDU1FHZz09

 

Saturday 30th January 4 – 6pm (Clerk and Councillors will be present to answer any questions)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/91453444035?pwd=UCsvUkZhU3ZKY3ArZU5od0hNUjNDdz09