Covering the villages of Four Elms, Hever & Markbeech

Category: Parish Council (page 2 of 3)

Parish Council elections coming up – maybe you’d like to get involved in shaping your local area!

It’s District and Parish Council elections in May……maybe you would like to get involved in shaping the local community too?
More information on what is involved to follow…watch this space.

Agenda for HPC meeting Wednesday 21st November 7.30pm (planning at 7.15pm) Four Elms Village hall

2018 Nov HPC agenda final


2018 Sept draft minutes

GDPR October 2018


finance and planning applications update to be provided at the meeting.


Police Crime Commissioner to sell Edenbridge Police Station

Police Crime Commissioner to sell Edenbridge Police Station
Posted on Nov 6, 2018
Police Crime Commissioner to sell Edenbridge Police Station
‘PCC announces closure of Edenbridge Police Station. The announcement was included as one line in a press release entitled ‘Kent Police to move Deal front office’. Click here for press release. The additional information states that the police office in the High Street is to be sold as the building has not served as an operational police station for more than a decade. The town PCSOs who work at the office will, in future, be able to use the fire station in the High Street instead. Disposing of the site will save Kent Police around £22,500 a year in running costs. The money received from the sale of the building will be available in future to spend on policing.

Edenbridge Town Council is extremely disappointed and will be discussing what action to take at the Council meeting on Monday night (12 November). The Police Crime Commissioner Matthew Scott has been asked to come to Edenbridge to explain his reasons to the residents. Details of this meeting will be publicised once a reply has been received from him.

Hever Parish Council will be discussing this news at their next meeting on 21st November 7.30pm Four Elms Village Hall, all welcome.

Preferred location for new, combined hospital and GP surgery in Edenbridge

Edenbridge News Release 01.11.18

Grab your community grant of up to £5,000



Sevenoaks District Council is now offering grants of up to £5,000 to local voluntary and charity organisations to provide vital services that benefit the most vulnerable residents in the District.

The main aim of the Council’s Community Grant Scheme is to support volunteer-led projects that boost the health and wellbeing of people who live in the District.

Cllr Roddy Hogarth, Sevenoaks District Council Cabinet Member for Community Grants, says: “Our community grants have enabled voluntary and charitable groups the chance to improve the quality of life for many, especially our vulnerable, older and younger residents.”

“I urge you to take advantage of this opportunity. If you are interested, or need extra advice, please do not hesitate to contact us.”

The deadline for applications for grants between £100 and £5000 is Friday 23 November. Successful applicants will receive their funding in April 2019.

Application packs are available on request by emailing grants@sevenoaks.gov.uk or by calling 01732 227000.

Hever Parish Council response to Sevenoaks District Council Draft Local Plan Consultation

SDC Local plan draft consultation HPC comments



Please see link for Hever Parish Council response – mainly relating to options for SDC regarding medical and school facilities in Edenbridge & gypsy and traveller sites.


Please contact clerk@hever.org with any queries.

Summary of Parish wide Rural Housing needs survey.



In a report published in December 2014, the Rural Housing Alliance has stated that ‘For many rural households, finding somewhere affordable in their local community remains a barrier, with homes costing over eight times the average salary in 90% of rural local authority areas. This is an affordability gap which, in many areas, is even more extreme given low paid rural employment.’


Small developments of local needs housing schemes can provide affordable housing for local people, thereby enabling them to stay in their community and contribute to village life. This can make a real difference to the vitality of village services. The Rural Housing Enabler (RHE) undertook a parish wide survey to ascertain if there are shortfalls in affordable housing provision within the parish of Hever which includes the villages of Hever, Markbeech and Four Elms. This was funded by Sevenoaks District Council.


This report provides overall information as well as analysis of housing need.

A survey was posted to every household within the parish in May 2018.

516 surveys were distributed with 127 surveys being returned, representing a 25% response rate.




Analysis of the returned survey forms identified that 83% of respondents are owner occupiers.


67% of respondents have lived in the parish for over 10 years.


High property prices and a predominance of privately owned homes means that some local people are unable to afford a home within the parish.


At the time of writing the report the cheapest property for sale in the parish was a 1 bed apartment for £200,000; to afford to buy this home a deposit of approximately £30,000 would be required and an income of £48,571. The cheapest 2 bedroom property was for sale at £399,500; a deposit of £59,925 and income of £97,021 would be required to afford this home. To afford to rent privately an income of approximately £79,800 would be required to rent the cheapest and only property found available to rent in the parish which was a 3 bed house for £1995 pcm.


Overall, a need for up to 12 affordable homes, for the following local households was identified:

  • 3 single people
  • 4 couples
  • 5 families
  • 11 households currently live in one of the villages and 1 lives outside and wants to return


The 12 respondents in need of affordable housing indicated strong local connections to the villages of Hever, Four Elms and Markbeech.  7 respondents are currently living with relatives, 2 are housing association tenants and 3 are renting privately.


In total there are 19 adults and 9 children who have a need for affordable housing.

The survey also identified a requirement for 5 homes for older households, aged 50 years and over:

  • 1 single person
  • 4 couples
  • The 5 households all currently live in one of the villages
  • 2 of the older households need affordable housing. These affordable homes are required in addition to the 12 affordable homes identified above.


When asked how many bedrooms respondents sought/preferred, the following answers were given:


2 x 1 bed

6 x 2 beds

3 x 3 beds

1 x 4 beds.


Actual size of property will depend upon the council’s allocation policy and Help to Buy eligibility, see below.


In total, 6 respondents indicated an interest in shared ownership and 7 in a starter home (some respondents indicated more than one option); none of the respondents appeared to be able to afford a starter home. 2 households who indicated starter homes only, were assessed for shared ownership. In total, 7 households indicated that they may be able to afford a shared ownership property. More detailed analysis of their income, amount of deposit they have available and actual cost of the shared ownership property would be required to confirm affordability.


The survey has identified a total need for 14 affordable homes.




Affordable general needs housing = Four Elms x 8, Hever x 3, Outside the villages x 1


Older Persons = Four Elms x 2, Hever x 1, Markbeech x 2 (the 2 older households needing affordable housing both live in Four Elms).




As expected, wide range of opinion but the vast majority supporting some affordable housing and some interesting suggestions of locations (main ones);


6 suggested out of parish in Edenbridge

6 fields in Four Elms

4 Uckfield Lane

4 Four Elms village hall





HPC resolved at the meeting on 25.07.18 to form of Committee (2 Four Elms Councillors and the Clerk) to explore further with Sevenoaks District Council and Rural Housing Associations the options for the parish.  This is the first of many steps and more detailed surveys and public consultations would follow.  Noting recent work done by neighbouring parishes (Leigh, Chiddingstone) and time scales (> 2 years).


Next HPC meeting is Wednesday 25th September 7.30pm Hever village hall.


 the full survey is below.

Hever HNS Report 2018 final

We are launching our Draft Local Plan consultation on 16 July 2018 and this will run until 5pm on 10 September 2018. For further information, please see the Council’s website www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/draftlocalplan


We are launching our Draft Local Plan consultation on 16 July 2018 and this will run until 5pm on 10 September 2018. For further information, please see the Council’s website www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/draftlocalplan

We would love to hear your views!

The Local Plan is important planning policy that says what can be built and where and will guide housing, employment, retail and other infrastructure needs up to 2035.

Last year we sent a survey to every home in the District asking for your views on the ‘Issues’ facing the area over the next twenty years and our suggested ‘Options’ for dealing with them. We had a magnificent response – over 15,000 of you took part – and overwhelmingly you supported our ideas, which have been incorporated into this draft of the Local Plan.

This is now your opportunity to make your views known on policies and sites within the Plan and to contribute to what we hope is an ambitious and appropriate plan for the District.

How can I have my say?

  • Explore our interactive map to view and comment on sites in your area simply by typing in your town or village (or postcode).
  • Read our Draft Local Plan and comment on our 19 draft policies

We would prefer you to comment on our sites and policies using the above links, but alternatively you can complete a consultation form and send it to us at planning.policy@sevenoaks.gov.uk or Planning Policy, Sevenoaks District Council, Argyle Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1HG (clearly stating the site or policy reference please).


Come and see the plans in Edenbridge Tuesday 14 August 2pm-8pm Waitrose Edenbridge, Mont St Aignan Way, TN8 5LN

There are no sites proposed in the local area that have made the short list for development. Main issues for residents will be the siting of the Edenbridge Medical centre, so please comment to SDC where you want it! – Four Elms road or Crouch House road. If anyone wants to see a paper copy of the main document (which does not include maps) or further information, please contact clerk@hever.org

School transport appeals

As discussed at the most recent Hever Parish Council meeting – Kent County Councillor Peter Lake, would like to hear from any residents who feel they have valid grounds to appeal a refusal of home to school transport costs. Please contact Cllr. Lake directly on peter.lake@kent.gov.uk

Bulk refuse freighter


Saturday 21st July

Four Elms Parish Rooms (opposite school) 8 – 9.15am then

Hever Bottle bank area next to Henry pub in coach car park 9.30 – 10.45am

Saturday 22nd September

Four Elms VILLAGE HALL 8 – 9.15am then

MARKBEECH village hall 9.30 – 10.45 am

We cannot take Electrical Appliances/ Metal / Hard Core / Large Amounts of Garden Waste / Large Panes of Glass / Oil or Paint.

Please DO NOT arrive early or leave items on site, otherwise will be classed as flytipping and information passed to the police, thank you.

This is a FREE service to residents of the parish, funded by HPC.
Any queries to clerk@hever.org

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