Neighbourhood Plan

Neighbourhood Plan

Please use the following links to access the various documents published during the development of a Neighbourhood Plan for Capel.
Capel Neighbourhood Plan Visioning and Design Workshop 13 April 2022 Report

Click here to see a copy of the slides and information from the Vision and Design Workshop held on the 30 May 2022 workshop 2 vision and design presentation copy

A Housing Needs Survey was carried out by AECOM in 2021.  Please use the link below to see a copy of the report and recommendations.

Capel Housing Needs Assessment_Final Report

The Neighbourhood Plan Working Party have spent several months developing Design Codes in conjunction with AECOM.

We are now delighted to share this report with you

221027_Capel_Final Report_LR

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) (paragraph 126) notes, ‘good design is a key aspect of sustainable development, creates better places in which to live and work and helps make development acceptable to communities’.
Research, such as for the Government’s Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment has shown that good design of buildings and places can improve health and well-being,
increase civic pride and cultural activity, reduce crime and anti-social behaviour and reduce pollution.
This document seeks to harness an understanding of how good design can make future development as endearingly popular as the best of what has been done before.

Through the Department for Levelling Up, Housingand Communities (DLUHC) Programme led by Locality, AECOM was commissioned to provide design support to Capel Parish Council.
Following the analysis of the parish, a set of architectural and design qualities have been created. This set of qualities combined with good design practice have shaped the design principles that any development within Capel parish should follow in order to comply with this Design Guidelines and Codes document.


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).

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

Clarification Note: The external examiner issued a clarification note on the 15 January 2024.  The Parish Council responded to this on the 23 February 2024.  Please click on the following link to see a copy of the response. Response to Examination Clarification Note_240215