District councils need a place at the STP planning table


SDC receives trailblazer funding to keep tackling homelessness

Sevenoaks District Council was the only single district council to receive nearly £100,000 from the Prime Minister’s new trailblazer funding to help prevent homelessness.


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Housing Survey arriving soon

Sevenoaks District Council has recently commissioned a housing survey that will be conducted by a specialist independent market research company called ‘arc4’. It is a postal and online survey so I want to assure you that nobody will be knocking on your door!

You will receive it in November and if you do have the time I would be very grateful if you could complete it. We need as many residents in the district to take part as possible as the more that do the more accurate our results. The aim of the survey is to establish our housing need.  Do we need more family sized homes, more older peoples accommodation, more starter homes, more supported homes and so on. Then we have to establish where we need them: In Otford, in Sevenoaks in Swanley etc

Call for sites

As you may know Sevenoaks District Council is currently undergoing the process of updating our local plan – a series of key planning policies that will be used to decide planning applications – and to identify a new local housing target up to 2035. Read the rest of this entry »

Why the affordable housing contribution judgement is bad news for Sevenoaks

Today, Brandon Lewes MP and Housing & Planning Minister, hailed a judgment that paves the way for more housebuilding on smaller sites and that will get homes built more easily. But this judgement is bad news for this district. Read the rest of this entry »

Get into gear with more free cycle rides

Residents and visitors wishing to have fun and get fit for free can now do so with cycle rides offered by Sevenoaks District Council.

The Council has organised professionally led cycle rides which this year will take in Knole Park and Brands Hatch and are open to people of all abilities. Read the rest of this entry »

Helping to keep you safe

Living in a safe district is a key priority for our residents. Sevenoaks District Council works closely with various partners including the Police, Housing Associations and Social Services to tackle crime and help prevent anti social behaviour. Together, with our partners, we review our Community Safety Action Plan annually to target crime trends and address your concerns. Read the rest of this entry »

Let local government help people step onto the housing ladder

We all know that home ownership has declined over the last decade for a whole host of reasons; but the main one is that house prices have increased way above wages. As a result people in the same professions that could easily afford to buy their own home in the 1970s, ’80s and early ’90s struggle to afford even a shared ownership scheme today. Read the rest of this entry »

Council sets first ever self-sufficiency budget

Sevenoaks District Council has set a budget for the coming financial year which will see the authority become financially self-sufficient amid further reductions in its funding from Government.

From April, the Council is proposing to spend £13.7m on local services, £600,000 less than the current year, as the Revenue Support Grant (RSG) it receives from Government continues to reduce. Read the rest of this entry »

Michelle Lowe

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