About Goudhurst Parish

The objective of this site is to allow the community to monitor and take part in the in the development of Goudhurst Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP).

Neighbourhood planning is a right for communities introduced through the Localism Act 2011. A Neighbourhood Development Plan is one way in which we can create our vision for our community and shape future development in the parish.

Who asked for a plan?

On 22nd September there was a public meeting in Goudhurst Village Hall attended by some 238 residents. The overall concept of the plan was outlined and there was 100% agreement that a Neighbourhood Development Plan would benefit the parish. This was formally registered with TWBC.

Why prepare a Neighbourhood Plan?

Over the coming years Goudhurst, like many other communities will face challenges for new development. Tunbridge Wells Borough Council (TWBC) housing allocation has been increased significantly by central government and TWBC have already a made Requests for Sites some of which are within our parish.

It is not a sustainable argument to say that Goudhurst will resist all change and the absence of a community vision for our parish could leave us more vulnerable. A Neighbourhood Development Plan provides a strong framework enabling the residents of Goudhurst to have a real influence over what development takes place, where it takes place and the rate of growth.