The Government are proposing to make quite substantial changes to planning regulations in the UK, under their ‘draft national planning policy framework’ and the ‘localism act’ which, as well as simplifying the planning process, could also make it much easier for developers, and in turn lead to more developments. Should these changes happen, then local communities and parishes will have far more say in local development, but conversely, there is likely to be more development. So overall we are likely to need to play a far more active part in planning to ensure our village retains its character and grows as we would wish it to. – Cllr. David Frankling

Planning applications can be viewed online at the Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council website www.tmbc.gov.uk.