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Affordable Housing Consultation – proposal in Four Elms for affordable housing ONLY for local people.

14.04.21  Whilst the Affordable Housing consultation is paused…

Hever Parish Council awaits Govt. clarity regarding the holding of public meetings after 7th May.

Following the publication of a letter from the Local Government Minister saying that due to ‘a lack of parliamentary time’ and the fact this would ‘need a change in the law’ they would not be extending the ability for councils to meet virtually, even in the short term.  The irony was on the same day Parliament voted through an extension of their provision to meet remotely until the 21st June.  Needless to say, local government is up in arms, the Prime Ministers own Roadmap would make it impossible for large physical meetings to take place.  In the letter to local government leaders saying the rules won’t be extended, in the passage regarding the need for meetings to be ‘open’ to the public, the letter suggests that we should keep that virtual until 21st June.  However, all is not lost, legal action is being taken and Leaders are pushing local MPs to apply pressure on the government to have a rethink.

There is an application by Hertfordshire County Council, Lawyers in Local Government and Association of Democratic Services Officers to the court for a declaration. This will continue despite the government’s decision and is expected to be determined before the end of April.

Any further updates will be placed here on the website.

March FAQ


FAQ March 2021 final



Affordable housing consultation – Frequently asked Questions.  Feb 2021

The consultation is paused until 1st May 2021 to provide more information and time.  If you have a query which is not answered by the attachment below, then please contact the Clerk ( who will continue to provide information.

HPC will continue to update the website with further information and plans for May onwards and how to submit comments (from May).

FAQ Feb 2021final



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 ( 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 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 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


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

Join Zoom Meeting


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

Join Zoom Meeting


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

Join Zoom Meeting





Draft minutes from the Hever Parish Council meeting on 26.11.20


26th November 2020 at 7.30PM.  Held via zoom video call.


Present, Philip Lindsay (PL), Nick Roberts (NR), Rick Brookes-Smith (RBS) Stephen Sadler (SS) Angela Haydon (AH), John Hodson (JH) Chair, Stephen Lark (SL), Duncan Leslie (DL), Angela Connolly (AC)

Also in attendance: Charlotte Cole (CC, Clerk) and 3 members of the public. The meeting commenced at 7.30pm.


1. No apologies received.

2. The Council approved the accuracy of draft Minutes of the previous meeting (22.09.20 & 29.09.20) and to be

signed by Chair.

3. Public Forum; Peter Lake (PL) –

·         Coopers estates proposal for Four Elms road Edenbridge

·         pushing for a secondary school

·         reported that health centre plans development delayed.

·         Would share HPC concerns that the whole of Kent to be placed under Tier 3 and view that KCC could have objected in stronger terms.

·         Speed limits in various parishes noted, reported that Weald PC offering sums towards speed reductions.

·         KCC budget – PL advising max of 5% rise in council tax.

Matthew Dickins (MD) – CIL options, covid rates, Local Plan (SDC considering their options).  8pm PL and MD


Items for discussion / decision;


4i.        Financial updated studied with statement reconciliation signed by AH.

4ii.       Budget proposal from finance committee considered.  Council resolved to agree in principle to budget

and precept request (-0.5%).  To submit precept to SDC by end of January, pending January HPC meeting to


5iii.      Grant application from HVH presented by member of Hever Village hall committee.  Thorough

presentation elaborated on management structure, planning considerations and fundraising plans.  Council

resolved to award the £5,000 held this year for this purpose to HVH.

5i.     Grant application – to max value of £120 for Council to purchase chocolate treats for Christmas hunt in

Four Elms village to be run by locals.  Council resolved to support.

5ii.  Grant application – to underwrite HRA / Church community carol singing event (drive in / Covid suitable) to

max value of £500.   Council resolved to do so.

6.   Central Hever parking – issues considered relating to Castle / pub / school / walkers / Church parking

congestion.  To await proposition by any of the relevant parties.

7.  Four Elms recreation ground – issues around the use of the field to access playground / rear of school discussed.  Resolved to pay the cost of purchase of suitable matting (~ £675) and for school to install.

8.  Parish wide affordable housing project – SS and Clerk updated, the full Council resolved to accept the invitation of English Rural Housing Association to update on the process and the site/s shortlisted, at an early January 2021 meeting with a subsequent full public consultation to gather residents’ perspectives and feedback before any further steps.

9.  Meeting dates for 2021 – agreed to continue bi-monthly, starting early January 2021 via zoom.

10. GDPR.  No update.

11.  No matters arising from previous minutes.

12.  Gatwick invite – 3rd December.  SL to attend.

13.  No projects to consider for grant applications.

14.  Urgent issues at the discretion of the Chairman for noting or inclusion on future agenda – none.

15.       Consultations / Other Correspondence.

PKF Littlejohn have completed external independent audit of Council accounts,

without issues.  Notification online and noticeboards as per statutory requirements.

SDC and HPC voluntary scheme restarted in second lockdown.  HPC continue to support one vulnerable couple in Markbeech and open to further registrations as required.

Peter Lake (KCC) continues to lobby for speed reductions in Four Elms.

Hever Parish field – pedestrian gate to be installed next to vehicular 5 bar gate

by school entrance.  Dog bin to be relocated onto field (was knocked down in school parking area).

3 new Councillors have completed the KALC Dynamic Councillor training module


Clerk received notification from SDC planning enforcement that a planning application is expected from nursery school provider in Markbeech and the relevant Ofsted / planning procedures underway.  HPC to await planning application as per others where HPC is a statutory consultee.

Clerk updated from Kent Police that from February 2021 2 new PCSO’s in post.


The zoom meeting ended 9.11pm.







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Hever Parish Council meeting Thursday 26th November via zoom

7 pm Planning meeting

7.30pm Full Council meeting


To:   The Members of Hever Parish Council.  I hereby summon you to attend the meeting of Hever Parish Council to be held by ZOOM on 26TH NOVEMBER 2020 commencing at 7.30 pm for the transaction of business as set out below.


Signed;      Clerk              Date   19.11.20   *attachment

Meeting ID: 957 5390 9251                                           Passcode: 109587

To assist in the speedy and efficient dispatch of business, please contact the Clerk in advance of the meeting if further factual information is required on an item on the Agenda.  * indicates attachment (please contact the Clerk if not received).

Please note the adopted procedure for virtual meetings (2020).

  1. To receive apologies and declarations of interest in respect of business specified

on the agenda (Chair).

  1. *To approve the accuracy of draft Minutes of the previous meeting (22.09.20 & 29.09.20)


  1. Public Forum (10 minutes)

The Council will receive statements and questions from the public (this is the only opportunity for members of the public to make a contribution during the meeting) and for members with pecuniary interests to speak on items on the Agenda.

Items for discussion / decision;


4i.     *Financial update. Receipts and payments since last update & accounts and

statement reconciliation (Clerk).


4ii.   * Budget setting for 1st April 2021 – 31st March 2022.  To consider

recommendations from finance Committee (JH, AH, JW, Clerk) and approval or

amendment.  See attachment.  In summary – proposal to reduce precept request by 0.5%.  Budget

to be decided at the latest at January 2021 meeting.


  1. To consider any grant applications received.
  • 5i) Request from member of public in Four Elms (who self-organised and funded a

pumpkin trail for local children) – for provision of prizes (to the max value of

£120) to run a socially distanced Christmas equivalent in the village with chocolate


  • 5ii) To underwrite (£500) drive in carol singing event at Hever Castle Golf club (live

streamed to homes) – HRA / Church / locals.

  • *5iii) HRA – £ 5,000 towards refurbishment of Hever village hall


  1. Hever central parking (JW). To discuss problems and potential solutions.
  2. Four Elms recreation ground – request from school to install green matting

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