We were delighted to meet Sevenoaks MP Laura Trott at Castle Farm in Shoreham in August to highlight the issues facing the River Darent.

Members of the committee described how flows have decreased dramatically over the years, leaving the river and its flora and fauna vulnerable in periods of drought – such as in 2022.

We explained why, in an area of water stress, it is vital to consider the availability of water when building new homes – and to design homes to minimise water use. We indicated possible solutions and priorities.

We look forward to working with Laura on national and local actions to improve the long-term health of our beautiful river.