Wednesday, December 7th, 2022

Sign this petition to demand action over former Farmers Pub site which has become an eyesore – leaflets available in outlets throughout Sevenoaks

Representatives from The Sevenoaks Society have been at Sevenoaks Station during the morning and evening rush hours over the last two days (12 & 13 November) asking people to sign their petition to get something done about the former Farmers pub site.

The site opposite Sevenoaks Station. Inset: The former Farmers Pub which stood on the site.

They are aiming to get the 1,000 signatures needed to force a full District Council debate over the land opposite the station which has remained empty since The Farmers Pub was demolished in 2005. The Society is calling on Sevenoaks District Council to compulsorily purchase the site and bring it into productive use.

People can also sign the petition online by CLICKING HERE but The Sevenoaks Society us hoping that the paper version of the petition will help raise the support needed.

It is also possible to find copies of the petition leaflet at The Art Shop in London Road, Otto’s Coffee House and Kitchen in the Upper High Street, and the Anchor, Halfway House, and Oak Tavern and Taphouse pubs. In Weald Village you can sign the petition at the Community Shop and the Windmill pub.

A petition has been launched by the Sevenoaks Society calling on Sevenoaks District Council to compulsorily purchase the site of the former Farmers public house opposite Sevenoaks station and bring it into productive use.

The Farmers, which was also formerly known as The Sennocke, was demolished despite a campaign to save the popular pub. Since then the site has remained empty and is seen as an eyesore at what is one of the gateways into the town.

Planning consent for 18 flats and five maisonettes plus some retail units was granted in 2005. A second application was later made for a larger development, this time for 39 flats and some retail units, which was granted on appeal in February 2015.

The Glenman Corporation, which own the site, claim they started doing ground works in collaboration with the Premier Inn development on the adjacent site. But to date, the site still remains unused and is overgrown and fronted by hoarding.

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