He­len Whately

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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

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