But we’d like 85 houses in village
Most parish councils spend a large part of their time resisting planning applications in their villages.
Not so Boughton Monchelsea Parish Council.
They sent Cllr Doug Smith along to a meeting of Maidstone Borough Council’s planning committee to speak in favour of a bid to build 85 homes at Lyewood Farm, off Green Lane.
Cllr Smith said: “We have embraced this scheme and it’s in our emerging Neighbourhood Plan.”
The site is earmarked in the borough’s Local Plan for 25 homes, but Cllr Smith said: “We believe it has a capacity for significantly more.”
He also gave praise to the developers, Crest Nicholson, whom he said “had engaged with us from very early on.”
The proposal involves 34 of the homes being at affordable market values, with preference for these given to those with a connection to Boughton Monchelsea.
Not everyone was in favour and traffic problems were raised.
Councillors voted unanimously to approve the application, on a former Fridays chicken farm.