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3G Planning Application

23rd February 2024: An Update on the Deadline for Commenting 

We have received a number of questions from residents about how long they have to comment on the 3G planning application. 

In answer to these questions, we can confirm that Tunbridge Wells Borough Council (TWBC) has advised us that its Planning Committee will now be responsible for making a decision about the application. Usually, a Planning Officer decides whether or not to grant a planning application, but due to the size and significance of this one, it has been agreed to assign it to the Committee. 

This means that anyone wishing to comment on the application can continue to do so until the Committee meets. We do not yet know when this meeting is scheduled for, but it will be after 5th March, which is the deadline for us - the parish council - to submit our response.

As soon as we hear the date of the TWBC meeting we will publish it here and on our Facebook page. With that said, we encourage you to submit your own comments as soon as you can, so that there is sufficient time for your feedback to be taken into account. 

Update 7th February 2024: Public Meetings 

Residents are welcome to attend one of the following public meetings when LGCSA’s proposal for a 3G artificial grass pitch will be considered by parish councillors.

Planning Committee meeting:  Monday 12th February at 7.30pm in the Palmer Room, Langton Green Village Hall – this is a standard meeting of the Planning Committee when this application will be considered by councillors and an initial response will be agreed. There will be a public open session at the beginning of the meeting when members of the public will be invited to give feedback, ask questions, and voice concerns. 

Full Council meeting:  Monday 4th March at 7.30pm in the Palmer Room, Langton Green Village Hall  – all parish councillors will be in attendance at this meeting to decide a response to the application on behalf of the parish council. Again, there will be a public open session at the beginning of the meeting.

31st January 2024: Langton Green Community Sports Association (LGCSA) has submitted a planning application for a 3G artificial grass pitch adjacent to the recreation ground at Langton Green. To read their proposal and have your say, please visit the Tunbridge Wells Borough Council (TWBC) website: 24/00235/FULL | Creation of 3G Artificial Grass Pitch with perimeter fencing, hardstanding areas, storage container, floodlights, access footpaths, tree removal and replacement planting | Langton Green Recreation Ground Speldhurst Road Langton Green Tunbridge Wells Kent TN3 0JJ (midkent.gov.uk).

Please note that Speldhurst Parish Council are consultees only which means that we submit comments/feedback on behalf of the parish which the TWBC Planning Officer will take into account, however, we do not make the final decision on the application. LGCSA has not held any discussions with SPC about their planning application and councillors viewed it for the first time when the application went live. 

The TWBC Planning Officer will make their decision based on comments left on their planning portal in addition to ‘material considerations’ ie. legitimate and appropriate planning reasons. A list of these considerations can be found in the Informal Guide PDF document below. This has been written by our council Chair Paul Curry, and will help you better understand the planning application process and how to make effective comments.  

As with any sizable planning application taking place in the parish, we encourage as many residents as possible to give feedback. The deadline is 1st March 2024.