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Have your say – Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest

Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest is an internationally significant centre for conifer conservation. Forestry England needs your help to create a plan for caring for the collection whilst remaining true to the heritage of the National Pinetum landscape and scientific tree trials that Bedgebury is known for.

This is your opportunity to support our work looking after the landscape for generations to come by telling us what you love about Bedgebury.

Please fill in this short survey to support us with our planning. You need to have visited Bedgebury to complete this survey. We’ll show you a map of Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest to help you identify the areas that we are asking about.

This survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and will inform Forestry England’s long term vision for Bedgebury.

Please complete the survey by Sunday 18th September 2022.

Thank you in advance.

Vacancy for an Assistant Clerk

The Assistant Clerk will act as assistant to the Parish Council’s Clerk, carrying out administrative tasks as required. The role is an integral part of the small parish office team. The ideal candidate will be; computer literate, have effective communication skills (both written and oral) ideally within a public facing role. The Assistant Clerk will be required to work alone at times and should be confident and have the initiative to deal with queries as they arise.

Initially the role is for 16 hours per week, spread over 5 days with scope to expand the role and take on additional duties for the right candidate. The role is based in the Parish Office at Risebridge Farm, Goudhurst.

Salary is negotiable dependant on skills and experience.

For a job description and person specification please email the Clerk, Mrs Claire Reed: Applications will close on Sunday 11 September 2022.

Interviews will take place during the week commencing 26 September 2022.

Goudhurst Neighbourhood Development Plan – Information Statement

1.   About this statement

A referendum on the Goudhurst Neighbourhood Development Plan will be held on 3rd February 2022. This statement provides information on the referendum that is taking place, and the neighbourhood plan it relates to.

2.   Referendum on the Goudhurst Neighbourhood Development Plan

A referendum asks you to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to a question. For this referendum you will receive a ballot paper which asks the following question:

Do you want Tunbridge Wells Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Goudhurst to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?

3.   What is a neighbourhood area?

The neighbourhood area for Goudhurst is identified on the map which is included at the end of this information statement.

The referendum area is identical to the area which has been designated as the Goudhurst Neighbourhood Area.

The Neighbourhood Area is the area of Goudhurst parish.

 4. Am I entitled to vote in the Referendum?

A person is entitled to vote in the referendum if on the 18th January 2022:

  • he or she is entitled to vote in a local government election in the referendum area; and
  • his or her qualifying address for the election is in the referendum area. A person’s qualifying address is, in relation to a person registered in the register of electors, the address in respect of which he or she is entitled to be registered.

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

 5. How do I vote in the Referendum?

You vote by putting a cross (x) in the ‘yes’ or ‘no’ box on 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, then Tunbridge Wells Borough Council will ‘make’ the Goudhurst Neighbourhood Development Plan. If the Neighbourhood Plan is ‘made’ it will help determine planning applications in the Goudhurst Neighbourhood Area. It will also form part of the statutory development plan for Tunbridge Wells borough.

If more people vote ‘no’ than ‘yes’ then the Neighbourhood Plan will not be made part of the statutory development plan for the local area.

6. What are the referendum documents and where can you view them?

There are a number of documents that are available to view as part of the referendum. These are listed below and available to view online on the council’s website at:

  • The referendum version of the Goudhurst Neighbourhood Development Plan.
  • The independent examiner’s report on the Goudhurst Neighbourhood Development Plan.
  • A summary of representations submitted to the Borough Council following the Regulation 17A consultation on the Plan.
  • A Decision Statement from the Local Planning Authority which confirms the draft Neighbourhood Plan meets the basic conditions and other legislative requirements. It also confirms that the neighbourhood plan can proceed to referendum.
  • A statement that sets out general information in respect of town and country planning, which includes neighbourhood planning.

A hard copy of all of the above documents and this Information Statement can be inspected at:

Goudhurst Parish Council

The Hop Bine

Ranters Lane


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7. Referendum Expenses

Expenses can be incurred by an individual or body during the period of the referendum for referendum purposes.

The referendum expenses limit that will apply (as at 22nd December 2021) in relation to this referendum is £2,496.75. The number of persons entitled to vote in the referendum is 2,284.

8. How to find out more

Further general information on neighbourhood planning is available on the council’s website at:

For queries regarding planning issues and neighbourhood planning in general, please contact the Planning Policy Team on 01892 554056.


9. Neighbourhood Plan Area

Help for Priority Customers – Utilities

Electricity, gas and water companies have teamed up to promote the Priority Services Register which offers extra advice and support to vulnerable customers.

“We understand that our services are your lifelines, and when it comes to managing your electricity, gas and water, there are times when a little extra help can make all the difference to you.” – Andrew Clowes, Head of Customer Insight and Strategy at South East Water.

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