But we’d like 85 houses in vil­lage

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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