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Warm Spaces

Warm Spaces – Many households are struggling with the cost of living, including the steep rise in the price of their heating and energy bills, with some facing tough decisions about whether and when they can heat their homes. To help residents during this challenging time, the Sevenoaks District Council has developed a Warm Spaces directory. Warm Spaces are community or business places that provide a safe and friendly public space where people of all ages can go and spend time reading, studying, chatting with others and meeting new people.

Some of the venues also offer support, services and advice.

The directory is available on the Council’s website  The directory also has a sign up form for local organisations and businesses who want to offer a Warm Space

Residents urged to comment on the new Local Plan

Residents are being asked for their views on ‘Plan 2040’ the new Local Plan, which will provide new infrastructure to meet the future housing and economic needs of the Sevenoaks District.

Sevenoaks District Council’s new Local Plan will manage what can be built and where up to 2040.

In order to protect the District’s much cherished Green Belt, the Plan focuses growth in existing towns, promoting the most efficient use of land and the reuse of Brownfield sites.

It includes proposals for new homes, protecting business space and supporting the District’s high streets as well as new facilities such as schools, health centres and transport. Crucially it aims to protect the District’s character and environment.

At the heart of the new plan is a vision underpinned by three principles: the creation of healthy communities, delivering the Council’s net zero 2030 commitment and seeking design excellence for all new developments.

Cllr Julia Thornton, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Development and Conservation, says:

“Our new Local Plan focuses on what our residents have consistently told us about as being important to them; protecting the Green Belt while enabling new homes, supporting businesses, generating new jobs and providing new infrastructure.

“This public consultation won’t be the only opportunity that residents will have over the next 18 months to have their say, but is perhaps the most important one as the responses we receive will shape the final version of the Plan. And as the Local Plan will affect us all for many years to come, I would urge local people to get involved and take part in our survey or attend one of our drop-in sessions. We want to hear what everyone has to say.”

Residents can view the new Local Plan and have their say at

Alternatively they can call the Council on 01732 227000 to request a paper copy of the survey.

Copies of the new Local Plan will be available at the Council’s offices in Sevenoaks and at libraries throughout the District.

The Council is also running three drop-in sessions where local people can find out more about the new Local Pan and have their say.

The drop-in sessions are taking place on the following dates and locations:

  • Edenbridge – Wednesday 30 November 2022 – 2.30pm to 5pm and 5.30pm to 8pm – Edenbridge Leisure Centre, Stangrove Park, TN8 5LU
  • Sevenoaks -Tuesday 6 December 2022 – 2.30pm to 5pm and 5.30pm to 8pm – Sevenoaks District Council Offices, Argyle Road, TN13 1HG
  • Swanley – Thursday 8 December 2022 – 2.30pm to 5pm and 5.30pm to 8pm – The Alexandra Suite, St Mary’s Road, BR8 7BU
  • Online – Wednesday 4 January 2023 – 2.30pm to 5pm and 5.30pm to 8pm- visit nearer the time.

The consultation is open until 11.59pm on Wednesday 11 January 2023.


Bank Holiday waste collections

Message from Sevenoaks District Council:

Residents are being asked to put their refuse out one day later than usual after the Bank Holiday to mark Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

There will be no collections on Monday 19 September and all collections that week will take place a day later until Saturday 24 September.

Residents are requested to put their black and clear sacks out by 7am and their garden waste out at 6.30am on their collection day.

For more information visit

Meeting Cancelled on Tuesday 13th September -Next Parish Council Meeting and Conclusion of Audit

Please note, due to the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, the meeting for Tuesday 13th September has been cancelled. A new date will be published in due course.

The next Hever Parish Council Meeting takes place on Tuesday 13th September in Hever Village Hall  at 7.00 pm for the Planning Meeting followed at 7.30 pm by the full Parish Council Meeting. The Agenda can be found here: All are welcome.

Notice of the conclusion of audit for the Annual Governance & Accountability Return has now been received and can be viewed here:



Cost of living – Support

With the recent increases in the cost of energy, food and other bills, many people may experience financial difficulties for different reasons and might not realise they’re entitled to help. The significant rise in the cost of living is a concern for everyone, and Sevenoaks District Council do offer some help and support.

There is a wide range of support available for individuals and families who are facing rising energy costs and are worried about their finances. Details of the support being offered can be found at .

Vulnerable households can access financial support to help with essential household costs over the coming months as part of the Household Support Fund. The funding from Kent County Council is available up to 30 September. Pensioners living in the District, who are in receipt of Council Tax Reduction and/or Housing Benefit, will be allocated £100 per household to help with energy bills, whilst any low income or vulnerable household can apply for support to help with essential household costs including food, energy and water. For further information please visit:

Bulk Refuse Freighter – Saturday 23rd July 2022

The Bulk Refuse Freighter will be in the Parish on Saturday 23rd July 2022.  Details are as follows:

09.15 – 10.00 FOUR ELMS – layby opposite the Church

10.15 – 11.00 HEVER – bottle bank area next to Henry Pub in coach car park

11.15 – 12.00 MARKBEECH  – Village Hall

The Freighter cannot accept white goods, washing machines, dishwashers, fridges, freezers, cookers, cast iron boilers or baths, long metal poles, building materials, manure, large parts of engines or vehicles or hazardous waste or compostable garden waste.

Hazardous waste now includes items like fluorescent tubes, televisions & computer monitors, batteries, oil tins and filters, paint and paint tins and chemical containers. These items cannot be accepted on the Saturday Freighter service and must be taken to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Please do not leave any rubbish unattended. Please DO NOT arrive early or leave items on site, otherwise will be classed as fly-tipping and information passed to the police, thank you.

This is a service free to residents, funded by Hever Parish Council and provided by Sevenoaks District Council.

Boiler Upgrade Scheme – grants available

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) new £450 million Boiler Upgrade Scheme is now open for grant applications and payments.

Homeowners across England and Wales can now benefit from £5,000 grants to fit clean heating systems when they come to replace their oil and gas boilers. This includes clean heating systems installed from 1 April this year.

Heat pumps are now much cheaper and more competitively priced against gas and oil boilers, and closer to the cost of installing a traditional gas boiler. The scheme will improve the energy efficiency of homes, reduce energy bills and cut emissions in the long-term.

The scheme has a committed budget of £450 million over three years from 2022-2025, with an annual budget allocation of £150 million and property owners will be able to get:

  • £5,000 off the cost and installation of an air source heat pump
  • £5,000 off the cost and installation of a biomass boiler
  • £6,000 off the cost and installation of a ground source heat pump




Gatwick Airport Consultation starting 14th June 2022

You may recall that in autumn last year Gatwick Airport consulted on proposals to bring the existing Northern Runway into routine use alongside the Main Runway.  There will now be a statutory focused public consultation starting on Tuesday 14th June 2022. This further consultation will focus on the airport’s updated highway design, which has changed following feedback received during last year’s consultation. The focused consultation will run for six weeks and will close on Wednesday 27 July 2022. All materials and details on how to respond to this consultation will be available at

During the consultation period there will be opportunities to attend a virtual briefing or to book a telephone surgery appointment to speak to technical experts about the proposals and help inform responses to the consultation. These are available to be booked immediately by contacting

When publishing this focused consultation, we will also provide an update on other aspects of the Northern Runway proposals, following feedback from the public consultation last year.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with the team by emailing

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