serving the villages of 
Charing and 
Charing Heath

Meeting held on the 18th October 2016
Brett's explained that the work had commenced on the first two phases of the top soil stripping and the soil is being placed in bunds on site where it will be used to reinstate the site in the future this work will cease shortly for the winter.
Work has started on clearing the scrub from next to Tile Lodge Cottages in preparation for the excavation of the culvert that will take the conveyor that will be used to move the sand to Hook Lane Quarry.
Work will carry on during the winter on the car park at the rear of the cottages and Brett's have been in contact with the residents throughout the process.
During the top soil stripping on Burleigh Farm it has had archaeologists on site during working hours and the have unearthed a medieval wall and various arrow heads, a Roman broach and small pieces of pottery, this will carry on throughout this phase of the works.

Also Hook Lane was resurfaced on time and now is the most pot hole free stretch of road in Charing!

Burleigh Farm- First Liaison Meeting- Tuesday 7th June 2016 @ 7.30, Memorial Hall, Charing Heath
Burleigh Farm update- January 2016

Following the approval of the Burleigh Farm sand quarry (see below), we now have to try to ensure that the adverse effects on Charing Heath are as limited as possible. To this end an early meeting with Brett both to elicit information and to try to establish some ground rules would seem advisable. Depending on the topics to be raised, KCC officers or KCC experts could also be invited.

A number of issues have already been suggested for such a meeting including timing of the works, dealing with problems that arise, the impact of sand and top soil blowing across Hook Lane and elsewhere, vibration impacts from the conveyor, health concerns from dust, noise issues, replanting, restoration and subsequent management of Charing quarry. Managing traffic speeds in Tile Lodge Road (on-street parking does help to slow traffic) is another issue and this might lead onto raising again the issue of whether speed limits generally should be sought for Charing Heath – residents’ views on this would be helpful.

A separate meeting regarding details for the Tile Lodge car park is likely for those directly affected.

Please contact Jill Leyland (, tel 713798), Chris Prinn ( or any Charing PC councillor with suggestions for additional topics for the meeting or related matters.


Doublequick Farm Saw Mill Application and Burleigh Farm Bretts Quarry Application.

The people of Charing Heath can be excused for thinking that ‘they’ have it in for them. Two major planning applications have only gone to confirm the belief.

Despite your parish council’s best efforts first the Doublequick Farm Saw Mill application was approved by Ashford Borough Council. At the last moment the applicant asked for Saturday morning working, we were not pre warned  of this and so were not able to counter the request. It was obvious to those who attended the meeting that the application was going to be approved.

Then, following a two and a half hour Planning Committee at County Hall and a vote of 8 to 6, the Bretts Burleigh Farm Quarry application was approved by Kent County Council.  The Parish Council and residents fought long and hard against this - the length of the meeting and the closeness of the vote indicates how controversial the application was but sadly the decision went against us.

Both were contrary to your parish council’s wishes. Please be assured that Charing Parish Council will do all it can to ensure that both successful applicants keep to the conditions placed on the sites by ABC and KCC.


Cllr Tylden Reed

Chairman Charing Parish Council.

Planning Application 15/00206/AS


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