Boughton Monchelsea Parish Council
Boughton Monchelsea Amenity Trust (BMAT) was established in 1984 and set up by the Parish Council as a vehicle to hold and manage land and assets on behalf of the parish with the objective of protecting, as far as possible, our open countryside and environment from excessive and inappropriate development, and in particular, Maidstone's south eastern urban sprawl.
Some 34 years on, BMAT now owns or has option agreements on approximately 300 acres of land in and around the parish, some of which is leased back to farmers and will continue to be farmed for years to come. The remainder of the land is public open space and accessible to all parishioners and the general public. All this land is controlled by BMAT such that it is protected from inappropriate development.
BMAT continues to be active in identifying further opportunities to protect Boughton Monchelsea and engaged a specialist landscape consultant in 2017 to prepare a Masterplan and Management Plan to co-ordinate and maintain the land under BMAT's control. A presentation on this was given at our Annual Parish Meeting in May and can be viewed below.
Boughton Monchelsea's draft Neighbourhood Plan acknowledges and embraces BMAT's aims and objectives whilst recognising the need to accommodate appropriate new development in our progressive, forward looking parish community.
I cannot take any credit for the initiative the Parish Councillors took in 1984 (some are still Parish Councillors!) but I feel sure you will join me in thanking them for their great vision in taking this action and for putting us in a strong position to protect the semi-rural nature of our parish for generations to come.
Cllr Doug Smith