Ig­nored in the great homes rush

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - NEWS -

It feels like Maid­stone has only just signed off on its Lo­cal Plan - af­ter years of ar­gu­ment - but the bor­ough has al­ready started the process of pre­par­ing for its re­view, due in 2021.

It has writ­ten to the var­i­ous stake­hold­ers who took part in the for­ma­tion of the first plan, ask­ing their as­sess­ment of how the process went.

We don’t yet know how the de­vel­op­ers have re­sponded.

How­ever, the co-or­di­nat­ing com­mit­tee rep­re­sent­ing the Cam­paign to Pro­tect Ru­ral Eng­land, many parish coun­cils across Maid­stone, and amenity groups told the coun­cil in its “des­per­ate”rush to pro­vide new hous­ing it had failed to prop­erly con­sider the in­ter­ests of ex­ist­ing res­i­dents and the ad­verse ef­fects de­vel­op­ment would have on them.

The com­mit­tee said it felt ig­nored.

A spokesman said the re­view rep­re­sented a chance for the coun­cil to read­dress the is­sues in favour of the cur­rent res­i­dents and to recog­nise Maid­stone had “al­ready achieved more than its fair share (of hous­ing growth).”

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