Capel Parish Council submitted the Capel Neighbourhood Development Plan to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council on 8 August 2023 in accordance with Regulation 15 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended).

In accordance with Regulation 16 the Borough Council is inviting representations on the Capel Neighbourhood Development Plan for a six-week period from 9am on 5 September to 5pm on 17 October 2023.

The submitted Plan and supporting documents can be viewed on the Borough Council’s website at or on the Capel Consultation Page.

A paper copy of the Plan and supporting documents will be available for viewing by appointment at the Capel Parish Council offices at Capel Village Hall off Falmouth Place, Five Oak Green, TN12 6RD. Please email the Clerk at to arrange an appointment.

Hard copies will also be on deposit at the Town Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1RS. Please email to arrange an appointment.

The easiest way to submit comments on the Capel Neighbourhood Development Plan is online via the Consultation Portal.  You can also submit your comments in the following ways:

  • by email to:
  • by post to: Capel Neighbourhood Plan, Planning Policy, Planning Services, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, Town Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1RS

You can submit as many separate comments on the Plan as you wish, and you can also provide supporting documents to your response.

Further information and background documents on the Capel Neighbourhood Plan are available to view on the Parish Council’s website.

If you require further information on the Capel Neighbourhood Plan consultation process, please contact the Planning Policy Team on 01892 554056 or email

Yours sincerely,



Planning Policy Team

Planning Services


T: 01892 554056


Town Hall, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1RS



We have been working on the Plan since 2020 and many of you will remember responding to the initial
Vision for Capel questionnaire in the summer and autumn of that lockdown year. This Pre-Submission
draft Plan will soon be out for consultation, and I would urge all residents to respond with their views, so
we can take them into account as we move forward to a final draft which will needed to be approved
by a local referendum.

When approved this document will sit aside the Tunbridge Wells Local Plan in
helping determine the planning future of the parish and it is thus very important that it is
representative of the views of Capel residents.

The Neighbourhood Plan received financial support from government grants administered by Locality
in the financial years 2021-2 and 2022-3 and from AECOM who carried out the Local Housing Needs
survey in 2021 and drew up the Design Codes which are going out to consultation with this document.
It has also received financial and administrative support from the Parish Council since the Capel
Neighbourhood was first designated in February 2020.

The work was supported by our consultants Alison Eardley and Jim Boot, without whom this document
would not have been possible. We are also grateful for the tireless work of our Clerk and Parish
Manager Louise Goldsmith since she started with Capel Parish Council in July 2021, and to the work
of her predecessors, Helen Munro, Maddy Boyle and Emma Ivory.

The Council is grateful to the Neighbourhood Plan Working Party members for all their hard work and
dedication over the last two and a half years. Currently there are Dave Parrish (Vice Chair), Robert
and Lynn Assirati, Peter Darbyshire, Hilary Andrews and Parish Councillors Maggie Fenton, Charles
Mackonochie and Trevor Sawyer.

Thanks are due to others who have been members of the working
party in the past or helped with the production and distribution of the original questionnaire in 2020.
These include Nick Andrews, Mark Wildi, Farah Brooks-Johnson, and parish councilor Suzi Rich. We
are also grateful to Save Capel for allowing us to use the research they carried out for Regulation 18
of the Tunbridge Wells Local Plan. The chapter on Heritage, Character and Design owes much to their

Finally, on behalf of Capel Parish Council I would like to thank all those who contributed to this the
Capel Neighbourhood Development Plan through their feedback to the initial Vision for Capel
Questionnaire and their attendance at our workshops. It has been crucial in helping us to define the
objectives and policies of the Neighbourhood Plan, and we are grateful for the support of the
community, especially at a time when its future is uncertain.

Best wishes
Hugh Patterson
Chair Capel Parish Council and Neighbourhood Plan Working Grou

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Our vision

Our vision is to further improve flood measures and defences to mitigate flood risks and for flood mitigation and prevention to be pro-active and not reactive. The community would like to work with Kent County Council, the Environment Agency, the South East River Trust, Southern Water, Kent Highways, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and any other agencies involved in flood prevention. We are ready and willing to step in to supplement and complement the agencies’ support.

Our vision is to avoid changing the Greenbelt boundary and to ensure the most sustainable options are chosen for housing development. Capel residents want sustainable development for local needs; medium 2 to 3 bedroom, and small 1 to 2 bedroom homes. Most were prepared to see some development (1-500 houses) to be built on small scale sites around Five Oak Green or on brown field sites across the Parish.

Our vision is for residents to be able to go about their daily lives and work both within the parish and outside of it without the need to use a car and for our roads to be quieter and safer for all users.

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