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Parish Council meeting Tues 19th Feb 7 for 7.30pm in the village hall

Come along ….…. hear updates ……. ask questions

Currently there is a lot speculation and rumours regarding proposed sites for development within the parish. We have convened an extraordinary Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 19th February at 7.30pm in the village hall so we can provide an update to residents as follows :

  • Role and remit of the Parish Council in the planning process
  • Update on current levels of development / MBC call for sites / Additional housing requirements / Boughton Monchelsea’s designation as a larger village
  • Purpose and success of Boughton Monchelsea Amenity Trust
  • Action underway to protect our village – Boughton Monchelsea Neighbourhood Plan, challenge on larger village status
  • What you can do to help

In the meantime, the following information will be of interest :

Currently there are no applications or pre-applications for large scale developments within the parish that the Parish Council are aware of. That said it is our understanding that there is a requirement for Maidstone Borough Council to find sites for around another 7,000 homes over and above that which is allocated within the current MBC local plan. In early spring 2019 we are expecting MBC officers to go out for a “call for sites”. This is a process where interested landowners put forward sites to be considered for development. As Boughton Monchelsea is currently one of the ‘Larger Villages’ considered suitable for limited development, we can expect to see many of our local landowners put forward their sites for consideration to be allocated under this review. Then after many meetings in MBC, consultation with the public and parish councils, sites will be allocated to fulfil this increased requirement for housing. The review is due to be completed and adopted by October 2022.

That said there is nothing to stop land owners putting in speculative applications that they feel conform with national planning policy and those policies contained within the MBC Local Plan. The Parish Council will respond to any applications as and when they are submitted.

Our Borough Councillor, Steve Munford, has been trying hard to get Boughton Monchelsea’s designation as a larger village removed from MBC’s Local Plan. This is ongoing.

The Boughton Monchelsea Neighbourhood Plan is a separate document from MBC’s Local Plan. We expect to be consulting you on the next version of our Neighbourhood Plan for a 6 week period, early this year. This will be the first part of the formal process which we hope will lead to the Plan becoming part of Maidstone Borough Council’s planning policies.  At this stage we will also be consulting the Borough and County councils as well as other organisations such as Natural England and the Environment Agency.

Once we have all your views and have made any necessary changes to the Plan, we will submit it to Maidstone Borough Council, who will arrange a further consultation followed by examination by an independent examiner. If the examiner is satisfied that the Plan meets all the legal requirements there will be a referendum of local people, and if the Plan is approved by the local community (51% of those who vote need to be in favour of the Plan) it will become part of Maidstone Borough Council’s planning policies and have weight in planning law when the Borough Council are deciding planning applications.

This may seem a complex process, but it is set out in national planning law and regulations to make sure that Neighbourhood Plans are properly considered and can have real status in making local planning decisions. 

Please look out for forthcoming consultation arrangements, and make your views known to help plan the future of our parish.

On behalf of the Parish Council we thank you for your input to date and hope we can rely on your continued input and support in progressing and getting our Neighbourhood Plan adopted, thus allowing us to properly influence and manage any future development in our parish.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting in February.

Parish Clerk

On behalf of Boughton Monchelsea Parish Council

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PROPOSED CHANGES TO 59 BUS SERVICE

Kent County Council consultation 22nd Jan - 19th Feb

Kent County Council are proposing to revise the 59 bus service operated by Arriva, to provide more frequent journey opportunities for the villages currently served. In order to facilitate these extra journeys, the 59 would become a feeder bus and would no longer run all the way into Maidstone. Instead, it would terminate at Morrisons, Sutton Road where users could change onto high frequency buses into Maidstone. The morning and afternoon school buses would not be affected by this change.

Full details of the proposals and the consultation questionnaire are available at kent.gov.uk/maidstonebuspilot

Have your say on the proposed changes!

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Boughton Monchelsea comprises two wards, north and south. South ward consists of the village and outlying rural areas, including the hamlets of Wierton, The Quarries, Marlpit, Cock Street and Rabbits Cross. North ward comprises the newer developments off Brishing Lane and the new housing site at Langley Park.

Boughton Monchelsea Parish Council is the first tier of local government, with 15 Councillors. 11 of the members serve south ward and 4 serve the north. We meet every other month, usually at 7pm on the first Tuesday of the relevant month. We also hold regular Planning Committee meetings. Both Council and planning meetings are open to the public and press.

The Parish Council represents the local community, delivers services to meet local needs and aspires to improve quality of life for all our parishioners.  

 

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