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Keep Maidstone Moving - Kent County County consultation

Have your say ..... take part in Kent County Council's 'Keep Maidstone Moving' Consultation.

The consultation is open until 11 Mar 2020.

Kent County Council (KCC) is currently consulting on six highway improvement schemes, which aim to reduce congestion, travel times and pollution across Maidstone. These are:

• A20 Coldharbour Roundabout
• A229 Loose Road Corridor: Armstrong Road junction with Park Way (including Sheal’s Crescent)
• A229 Loose Road Corridor: The Wheatsheaf
• A229 Loose Road Corridor: Cripple Street junction with Boughton Lane
• A20 Ashford Road junction with Willington Street
• A274 Sutton Road junction with Willington Street

Please visit www.kent.gov.uk/keepmaidstonemoving to find out more and participate in this consultation.

Update on Maidstone Borough Council’s Call for Sites

There is a lot of concern and misunderstanding relating to Maidstone Borough Council’s latest Call for Sites. The following information will be of interest.

The Call for Sites is a process whereby MBC ask for land to be nominated that could be suitable for future housing, employment, retail, leisure, infrastructure and Gypsy & Traveller development for the forthcoming Local Plan Review. This is a normal process in the production of a Local Plan.

Having an up to date Local Plan is key to keeping local control over new development.  Without an up to date Local Plan in place, it is highly likely that planning applications will be approved on appeal by the Government’s Planning Inspectorate for developments which MBC considers are inappropriate. Additionally, if MBC does not make progress with its Local Plan Review, the Government could decide to take over its plan-making powers and prepare the Local Plan itself.

The latest sites have been put forward by landowners and/or prospective developers to MBC as part of its Local Plan review process. At the point of release (4 November 2019) no decisions have been taken on these sites. Not all sites will be needed for the Local Plan review and many will be deemed unsuitable.

Will all sites be delivered? No. The sites that have been submitted are an expression of interest by the landowner or developer with, currently, no input from Maidstone Borough Council. It provides the council with a long list of potential sites from which to choose. The land that has been submitted is very much more land than will be needed for the circa 1,236 new homes/year which the Government says need to be built in our borough from 2022, an increase from circa 800, which the Local Plan Review needs to plan for. These figures are calculated by MBC using central Government methodology which dictates that 300,000 new homes must be delivered each year throughout the country.

MBC will now assess the suitability of each site.  This work will feed into their Local Plan Review, which will be subject to future public consultations and an independent examination by an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State.

Further information is available as follows :

Borough wide map :

https://www.maidstone.gov.uk/__data/assets/image/0019/316342/Map-of-All-Sites1.jpg

Detailed site by site information :

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1uCH4Q8tjIZpNECOItl7bkPAB5C5L5ZCF

It must be stressed that :

  • no decisions on any sites have been made by MBC
  • there are many more sites than required
  • many will be deemed to be unsuitable
  • many of the sites are re-submissions of those that were unsuccessful on the previous call for sites

 

Boughton Monchelsea Neighbourhood Plan

Over the last few years local people have been helping shape the future of the parish through the development of a Neighbourhood Plan for Boughton Monchelsea.

A formal consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan (which includes a landscape masterplan and management plan) took place between April and June 2019 and the plan has been amended as a result of comments made. Further progress will be made in line with national regulations and the next step is submission to MBC.  They will check the document for compliance and then arrange and carry out a further formal  consultation. An independent Examiner will then be appointed who will review the documents and issue a final report. Any final changes to the plan will then be made and MBC will organise a referendum. A simple majority in favour would mean that the plan is adopted and becomes part of the development plan used by MBC to make planning decisions. We are working towards formal adoption of the plan in 2020 and will continue to keep you updated on progress

You can view the draft neighbourhood plan below.

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

Cllr Doug Smith

Chairman of Boughton Monchelsea Parish Council Planning Committee

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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