Ignored in the great homes rush
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).”