Benenden district development plan


About this statement

A referendum on the development plan for the Benenden district will take place on February 3, 2022. This statement provides information on the current referendum and the district plan to which it relates.

About this referendum

Referendum on the development plan for the Benenden district

A referendum asks you to vote “yes” or “no” to a question. For this referendum, you will receive a ballot that asks the following question:

Would you like Tunbridge Wells City Council to use the Benenden neighborhood map to help them decide on planning demands in the neighborhood?


What is a neighborhood zone?

The district of Benenden is identified on the map which is attached at the end of this information sheet.

The referendum area is identical to the area which has been designated as the district of Benenden.

The neighborhood is the parish of Benenden, plus seven addresses identified by the examiner, located next to the site of the Benenden hospital in East End and under the parish of Biddenden (Ashford Borough Council).

Right to vote

Do I have the right to vote in the referendum?

A person has the right to vote in the referendum if, on January 18, 2022:

  • he or she has the right to vote in a local government election in the referendum area; and
  • his eligible address for the election is in the referendum zone. The admissible address of a person is, in relation to a person entered in the register of electors, the address in respect of which he is entitled to be registered.

The referendum will be conducted in accordance with procedures similar to those used in local elections.

How to vote

How to vote in the referendum?

You vote by putting a cross (x) in the “yes” or “no” box of your ballot paper. Put a cross in only one box or your vote will not be counted.

If more than 50% of individuals vote “yes” in the referendum, the Borough Council of Tunbridge Wells will “draw up” the development plan for the district of Benenden. If the neighborhood plan is ‘developed’ it will help determine the planning demands in the Benenden neighborhood. It will also be part of the statutory development plan for the borough of Tunbridge Wells.

If more people vote “no” than “yes”, then the neighborhood plan will not be part of the statutory development plan for the local area.

Referendum documents

What are the referendum documents and where can I consult them?

A number of documents can be consulted in the context of the referendum. These are listed below and can be viewed online on the council’s website.

  • The referendum version of the development plan for the Benenden district.
  • The report of the independent reviewer on the development plan for the district of Benenden.
  • A summary of the representations submitted to the borough council following the consultation of By-law 17A on the Plan.
  • A decision statement from the local planning authority confirming that the draft district plan meets the basic conditions and other legislative requirements. He also confirms that the neighborhood plan can be submitted to a referendum.
  • A statement that provides general information on town planning and land use planning, which includes neighborhood planning.

A hard copy of all of the above documents and of this backgrounder can be viewed at:

Benenden Parish Council
Community office
Benenden village hall
TN17 4DE

Referendum expenses

Expenses may be incurred by a person or body during the referendum period for referendum purposes.

The referendum expenditure ceiling that will apply (as of 22 December 2021) in this referendum is £ 2,449.32. The number of people entitled to vote in the referendum is 1,480.

Neighborhood map area map


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