Im­prove­ment needed in plan for flats

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A plan to re­de­velop a site in Tovil for hous­ing may not go ahead, as coun­cil­lors be­gin to flex their mus­cles af­ter Maid­stone’s fi­nal com­ple­tion of a Lo­cal Plan.

The scheme is for 18 flats in a three-storey block on the site of JB Garage Doors off Straw Mill Hill in Tovil.

At Thurs­day’s plan­ning meet­ing, sev­eral coun­cil­lors pointed out they were un­der no obli­ga­tion to ap­prove it, as it was not an al­lo­cated site in the Lo­cal Plan.

Cllr Brian Clarke (Lib Dem) asked “Do we have a need for this? Is the de­vel­op­ment re­ally of such a high stan­dard we should shoe-horn it into this site?”

Many coun­cil­lors de­cried the draw­ings only show­ing 18 park­ing spa­ces for 18 homes, with no chance of on-road park­ing.

The com­mit­tee agreed to de­fer a de­ci­sion for two weeks to give the ap­pli­cant the chance to come up with an im­proved plan.

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