Ihave done everything I can to make local voices heard in the planning process. Since I was elected I have spoken out against development at Junction 8 and pushed for new housing to be supported by appropriate infrastructure. A few weeks ago Helen Grant and I wrote to Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, asking him to step in and make Maidstone’s Local Plan reflect what constituents want. Last week we got his reply. The Secretary of State has decided not to ‘call-in’ the Local Plan.
In his letters explaining his decision he said: “Maidstone Borough Council have produced the plan and I believe it is important that they now take the final decision as to whether to adopt the plan or not.” That is in line with the Government’s aim that planning decisions should be made locally. However, he also