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Services at a glance

Pre Application Services

Planning Applications

Certificates of Lawfulness

Permitted Development

Planning Appeals


Heritage & Conservation

Prior Approvals

Changes of Use

Supporting Statements

Drawings & CGI

Consultation Services

  • The Sevenoaks area features:

    • Green Belt: Extensive areas to prevent urban sprawl.

    • Conservation Areas: Including Sevenoaks Town Centre and historic villages.

    • Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI): Such as Knole Park.

  • Sevenoaks Town Centre, Riverhead, Shoreham, Seal, and Kemsing

  • The Sevenoaks District is covered by the postcode districts BR6, BR8, DA3, DA4, DA13, TN8, TN11, TN13, TN14, TN15, TN16.


Sevenoaks, situated in Kent, is a town renowned for its historical landmarks and strategic urban planning. The town's planning emphasizes the preservation of its historical character, with landmarks such as Knole House and Sevenoaks School, one of the oldest schools in England, playing a central role in its heritage. The town center features a mix of historic buildings and modern amenities, providing a vibrant shopping and dining experience. Sevenoaks is surrounded by extensive green spaces, including Knole Park, a deer park that offers stunning natural scenery. The town’s planning strategy includes the protection of green belt land, ensuring the preservation of its rural charm. Sevenoaks' excellent transport links, with direct rail services to London and proximity to the M25 motorway, make it an attractive location for commuters. The town’s commitment to preserving its historical and natural assets while supporting sustainable development makes it a desirable place to live and visit.

Local Authority at a glance


Planning Policy & Housing Delivery


  • Adopted Local Plan: Core Strategy, February 2011.

  • Neighbourhood Plans: Sevenoaks Town, Swanley.

  • Five-Year Housing Supply: Yes.

  • New Plan: New Local Plan under preparation, expected adoption by 2025.

  • Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs): Yes, includes SPDs on Design, Green Belt, and Conservation.

  • Housing Delivery Test 2022: 51% - Not Acceptable (requires significant improvement)​

2023 Statistics & Performance

  • Applications Received: 850

  • Applications Decided: 800

  • Appeals Allowed: 10

  • Appeals Dismissed: 20

  • % of Applications Determined Within Statutory Period: 80%

  • Analysis: Sevenoaks District Council's planning performance was on par with national averages. The low number of appeals allowed indicates solid initial decisions, while the efficiency of processing applications within statutory timeframes was good.

For further and detailed information, please refer to the statistical data published by the UK Government on planning applications and performance tables (GOV.UK)

Address: Council Offices, Argyle Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 1HG

Phone: 01732 227 000


Website: Sevenoaks District Council

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