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20th October 2020

A Meeting of the PLANNING AND PRESERVATION MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE will be held remotely on TUESDAY 20th OCTOBER 2020 at 9.15am. The business to be transacted at the meeting is shown on the Agenda

Clerk to the Parish Council

Declaration of Interests, Dispensations and Predetermination:

Members are required to declare any interests, dispensations or predetermination on items on this agenda in accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct. Members are reminded that changes to the Register of Interests should be notified to the Clerk.



Oak Cottage, Dorothy Avenue, Cranbrook, Kent. TN17 3AN

Removal of front porch; ground floor front extension; new porch and new entrance door and side light; landscaping and additional parking.


1 Hill View Cottages, Starvenden Lane, Sissinghurst, Cranbrook. TN17 2AN

Loft conversion including the insertion of 3no dormer windows to side elevation.


Upper Willsley House, Angley Road, Cranbrook.  TN17 2LF

Side/rear extension with associated landscaping


Hockridge Friezley Lane Cranbrook Kent TN17 2LL

Demolish existing pool house/plant room/storage room and build new pool house/plant room/storage room. 


Flishinghurst Orchard Chalk Lane Cranbrook Kent TN17 2QB

Variation of Condition 1 (Use) of 95/00102/FUL – Variation in order to facilitate any other users within the Class B1 use class  


Land Adj Robindale, The Common Sissinghurst Cranbrook Kent TN17 2AD

Erection of single dwelling


CL2 Hair And Beauty 33 Stone Street Cranbrook Kent TN17 3HF

Change of use from office to residential and creation of one bedroom residential garden flat. 




Update of major gas works by SGN in Cranbrook.

Our projects involve the replacement of old, metal gas mains with new plastic pipe as part of our commitment to ensure the reliability of the gas supply to properties in the local area and beyond. We’ve agreed all our work following close consultation with Kent County Council and our contractor WCB Utilities is undertaking this work on our behalf.

Following feedback from the local community and stakeholders, we agreed to reverse our original plans and complete our necessary upgrades in the High Street across the October school holidays, to help minimise disruption in the area.

From Monday 31 August, we’ll be working in the A229 Angley Road from the war memorial to the junction with Wheatfield Way for approximately six weeks. We’ll need to install temporary traffic lights around our work area to keep everyone safe and the traffic flowing.

Once we’ve completed our work in A229 Angley Road, our engineers will begin working in New Road. For everyone’s safety, we’ll need to close New Road from Monday 12 October for approximately five weeks.

On Monday 19 October we’ll progress onto the High Street. To ensure everyone’s safety, we’ll need to close the High Street between the junction with the A229 Angley Road and Cranbrook Fire Station. Through network planning and downsizing our pipes, we’ve been able to reduce the road closure from a planned 12 weeks down to two weeks. New Road will remain closed during this phase. A signed diversion will be in place for motorists and access for residents will be maintained.

Once we’ve completed our work in the High Street, New Road will remain closed for a further week while we complete the final upgrade to our gas mains.

As agreed with the local authority, we’ll be working Monday to Friday from 7am to 7pm, and on Saturdays from 8am to 1pm. We are mindful of people who live in the area and will try to minimise noisy activities where possible.

We’ve worked closely with UK Government and public health bodies to make sure we’re working in line with expert advice during the coronavirus pandemic. We have extra safety precautions in place to protect you and our colleagues from catching or spreading the virus.

Once our engineers start work, they’ll be happy to answer questions at any time during our project. Please remember to keep a safe distance when speaking to our team or passing our site.

We understand that people can get frustrated by roadworks. However, the new plastic pipe has a minimum lifespan of 80 years. This means that when the work is complete, local residents will continue to enjoy the benefits of a safe and reliable gas supply for years to come.

Thank you in advance for your co-operation, if you have any questions please about our Cranbrook project, please contact our Customer Service team on 0800 912 1700.

SGN, St. Lawrence House, Station Approach, Horley, RH6 9HJ

Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter: @SGNgas

Domestic Abuse Support Services from Kent Police

Kent Police have also provided the following social media links:

We're still here

If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse, you can report it. Limited contact with the outside world during this pandemic may make you or someone you know feel unsafe, but our specialist teams are still here 24/7. Visit: #KentTogether #Covid19

Posted by Kent Police on Thursday, 14 May 2020

TWBC launch new social website

A new website has been launched. With social distancing measures currently in place many people are experiencing social isolation and loneliness. To help combat this, and the impact on people’s mental health and wellbeing, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has launched a new community website ‘Tunbridge Wells Social’.

The site is a collaborative project between the Council’s Culture, Health and Housing teams, the Community Safety Unit and partners including Town & Country Housing, St Giles Trust, KCC’s Early Help, Salus, DAVSS and Age UK. The site is free to use. More content will be added over the coming weeks and months, and the site will continue to be available as a community resource after lockdown measures are lifted.

Tunbridge Wells Social offers something for everyone. It’s a one stop shop of information and support as well as entertainment and fun. There is an interactive weekly podcast ‘Tunbridge Wells Talks’ airing lighthearted views about what’s going on, as well as updated and relevant content to help connect people.

Stars from the stage and small screen with local connections have given their support to the initiative. Comedian, writer and presenter Jo Brand recalls her school days in Tunbridge Wells; local actor Philip Martin Brown (Waterloo Road and Coronation Street) reads a favourite poem; Olympic medallist Jayne Torvill shares a message of support, commending how the local community has come together, and TV presenter Nick Knowles, who went to school in Tunbridge Wells, is also supporting the project sharing funny poems and a message.

Please do share this email and the website with your contacts and networks, families and friends. It would be also helpful to note that the Council has set up a local helpline to support people who need urgent help, supplies or medication as a result of the coronavirus. The number is 01892 554497.

Keep well and stay safe

Best wishes The Social Isolation Group
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.

Coronavirus Related Scams

Fraudsters are exploiting the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus to facilitate various types of fraud and cyber crime.
Since February 2020, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has identified 21 reports of fraud where Coronavirus was mentioned, with victim losses totalling over £800k. Ten of these reports were made by victims that attempted to purchase protective face masks from fraudulent sellers. Reporting numbers are expected to rise as the virus continues to spread across the world.
Fraudsters are also sending out coronavirus-themed phishing emails in an attempt to trick people into opening malicious attachments or revealing sensitive personal and financial details.
Some of the other tactics we’ve identified from victim reports:
• Fraudsters purporting to be from research organisation’s affiliated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) contact potential victims over email. They claim to be able to provide the recipient with a list of coronavirus infected people in their area. In order to access this information, the victim needs to click on a link, which leads to a malicious website, or is asked to make a payment in Bitcoin.


What to do next?
Watch out for scam messages:
Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for your personal or financial details.
Shopping online:
If you’re making a purchase from a company or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first, and ask a friend or family member for advice before completing the purchase. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, as most major credit card providers insure online purchases.
For more information on how to shop online safely, please visit:
Protect your devices from the latest threats:
Always install the latest software and app updates to protect your devices from the latest threats. For information on how to update your devices, please visit:

Update from Public Health England – COVID19

  • The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has confirmed that as of 9am 4 March a total of 16,659 people have been tested in the UK, of which 16,574 negative and 85 positive. DHSC will be publishing updated data on this page on a daily basis at 2pm until further notice.
  • As of today, due to the number of new cases, DHSC will no longer be tweeting information on the location of each new case. Instead, this information will be released centrally in a consolidated format online, once a week (Friday).
  • Today (4 March) the next phase of the public information campaign has launched and focuses on handwashing – the latest materials are available on the Campaign Resource Centre.
  • A new blog has been published about five things you can do to protect yourself and your community
  • DfE has set up a helpline offering guidance for anyone with education related questions.
  • Follow us on Twitter: @PHE_SouthEast

Winter Maintenance Strategy 2020-2021

It is the individual responsibility of every parishioner to take due care and attention in adverse weather conditions.

The Cranbrook & Sissinghurst Parish Council have made no arrangements this winter for snow and ice clearance, salting or gritting of the Regal, Tanyard or Jockey Lane Car Parks.

Cranbrook & Sissinghurst Parish Council will not undertake clearance of pavements within the parish.  Residents and businesses are encouraged to clear the areas in front of their own property, although this will be entirely at their own risk.

There are salt and grit bins throughout the Cranbrook and Sissinghurst parish for use by parishioners.  Spreaders are available from the Parish Office at the corner of Stone Street, under the Vestry Hall. 

Throughout the winter season all residents and visitors to Cranbrook and Sissinghurst must use the roads, car parks and pavements with due care and attention.  It must be clearly understood that all users of the car parks do so at their own risk.

Alert – Doorstep Crime

Tree cutting services
We have received reports that doorstep criminals are active in the East Peckham area – all Kent residents should be on alert. 
What happens
Residents are cold-called for tree cutting work
Exorbitant sums of money are demanded 
The criminals drive the resident to the bank to withdraw cash
What to do
NEVER agree to work being carried out from someone who knocks on
your door uninvited 
Don’t allow anyone to pressure you into having work done
If you ask them to leave and they don’t, contact the police on 999
Use reputable traders who are members of the KCC Trading Standards
approved trader scheme, run in partnership with Checkatrade
Get a minimum of 3 quotes in writing
Warn vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours.

For advice and to report issues to KCC Trading Standards contact
Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06
Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Cranbrook Museum

Cranbrook Museum and Local History Society is continuing to follow and monitor official guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England carefully. It is important we ensure that any and all procedures are in place to support the health and well-being of our volunteers and membership. 

Following government guidance, to help combat the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)  with immediate effect all meetings and events are cancelled.  This means that the forthcoming April speaker and the Annual General Meeting in May are cancelled. 

The Museum will remain closed until further notice.

In the next day or so we will be posting information on our website where updates can be found when it comes to reopening. 

Mike Huxley, Chairman.  

19thMarch 2020

Major Planning Application

Brick Kiln Farm – 16/502860/OUT

Outline planning permission for the erection of up to 180 dwellings (including up to 35% affordable housing) with means of access to be determined at this stage together with structural woodland planting and landscaping, informal public open space, community orchard, children’s play area, attenuation basin, vehicular access point from Hartley Road and associated ancillary development.

To view this major planning application, click on the link below:


Cranbrook Bowls Club Is Seeking New Members

  • We seek new members of all ages and abilities, novices to experienced players.
  • Low yearly membership fee of £55 (less for under 18’s). No joining fee
  • Play for up to 4 times at no cost before deciding whether to join
  • Excellent facilities with modern clubhouse and first class green in central Cranbrook
  • Free coaching available with qualified Kent Bowling Association coaches
  • Friendly and sociable club where members support and help each other.


Visit our website for more information

Write,email; or speak to Dave Pullin to arrange a free roll up or obtain an application form

Dave Pullin – Membership Secretary

Cranbrook Bowls Club

21 Norris Close

Hawkhurst, Kent TN18 4NE

Telephone: 01580 388846  Email:

Or contact

Chairman – Peter Hulme

Telephone: 01580 713517  Email:

Secretary – John Houghton

Telephone: 01580 714843  Email:

Cranbrook Citizen Advice Bureaux

Can be found at Cranbrook Library, Carriers Road, Cranbrook TN17 3JT.

They are open Monday, Wednesday & Friday at the following times –

Monday – Form Filling by appointment only

Wednesday – 9:30am – 5:30pm

Friday – 9:30am – 5:30pm

Advice Line : 01580 714936

Admin Line: 01580 713989

Email :


Advice Line: 01892 533880



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