Planning Applications

A significant proportion of the Parish Council’s work is focused on parishioners’ applications for permission to build or extend.

Planning permission is generally required for carrying out any form of 'development' and this includes the use of land and buildings as well as the more obvious construction or alteration of buildings.  Consent is also required from Tunbridge Wells Borough Council (TWBC) for works which alter, extend or would result in the demolition of – or even part of - a Listed Building or properties within a Conservation Area.  However, many small-scale operations do not require planning permission. These are referred to as 'Permitted Development'.  Visit TWBC  to find out more.  Also, the Government's Planning Portal  provides lots of useful information and guidance. Once an application has been submitted, the Parish Council will pass their comments.  These comments must be taken into account by TWBC when they determine the application. If you would like to comment on a planning application, you can do so online here (you will need to register first)You will need the Application Number, but do not use the ‘TW/’ prefix.

Recent Applications

A list of the most recent planning applications available for comment can be found on the TWBC website

Enter the Ward (Benenden and Cranbrook) and Parish (Benenden) then click Search and a list will appear (you can also select dates or enter a planning reference number for more specific searches) A record of applications considered by the Parish Council is also kept on the Agenda and Minutes page on this website under Planning Meeting minutes.  The helpdesk number at Mid Kent Planning is 01622 602736. When a planning application is put in front of TWBC’s Planning Committee, it may be possible to speak.  For more information click here.

Useful Links:

Planning Portal Comment on planning application CPRE's Planning Explained leaflet Benenden Parish Council's guide to new planning regulations DOWNLOAD  

Residents can sign up to receive on-line notification of planning applications received by the Borough Council. If you’d like to find out how to register for this service, please follow the link


Whilst the Parish Council is not legally obliged to publish details of applications which it is consulted on, it will endeavour to keep parishioners up to date.

Planning and Transportation Agendas and Minutes can be found on the Agendas and Minutes page of this website

Application Address Proposal

Date considered/

to be considered by the Parish Council

Parish Council


18 00596 FULL Little Walkhurst Walkhurst Road Demolition of existing stables, field shelters, green house and outhouse and construction of replacement structures to provide a stable, feed and tack room and greenhouse adjoining the existing garage. Construction of a detached annexe; plant room; and field shelter 16/04/18 Support

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18 00586


Mill Street House Mill Street Part demolition and proposed ancillary/annexe building and insertion of roof lights to main dwelling 16/04/18

Support LBC and velux windows.

Object to part of the proposal pertaining to creation of annexe from outbuildings on the grounds of overdevelopment of site; insufficient detail of purpose; in AONB and unsympathetic to surroundings.

18 00833 FULL The Copper Apple Pie Farm Conversion of redundant domestic outbuilding to a one-bedroom dwelling including replacement of existing roof with a steeper pitch 16/04/18 Support
18 01131 FULL Benenden Girls School Cranbrook Road Demolition of existing School Hall and Music School and the development of a new School Hall and Music School with associated landscaping works and the restoration of the historic Pleasure Grounds garden 16/04/18 Support