Have your say on development plans
A plan to map out the development of Tonbridge and Malling until 2031 needs local opinion.
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council has identified 35 potential new housing sites which will together bring up to 6,818 new homes.
South Aylesford, east of Hermitage Lane, has been earmarked for 1000 homes, which could be built in the next 13 years.
No formal plans have been submitted to the council, instead the local plan acts as a guide to dealing with planning applications.
The plan is currently in its draft stages and needs local responses before it is sent off to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
Howard Rogers, Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s cabinet member for strategic planning and infrastructure, said: “The plan is not just about building houses, it addresses our much wider needs and demands for the homes and communities in which we and our families want to live. Once adopted, the Local Plan will provide a robust basis for meeting those development needs across the borough including housing, schools, employment and the essentials for keeping Tonbridge and Malling a great place to live. It will enable us to negotiate developer contributions to deliver significant infrastructure improvements and provide a platform from which to launch bids for other sources of funding.”
Comments can be submitted online at tinyurl. com/ localplantm, by email localplan@ tmbc.gov.uk or in writing to Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, Local Plans Team, Gibson Building, Gibson Drive, Kings Hill, West Malling ME19 4LZ
The public consultation closes at 4pm on November 12. An application for 1,750 new homes as part of a sprawling garden village development has been submitted.
The move by developer Quinn Estates marks the start of the formal process to create Binbry Park, a huge project amounting to an entire town between Kent Showground and Detling aerodrome off the A249.
Since informally consulting parish councils earlier this year, the firm has increased the number of proposed homes from 1,150 to 1,750 as well as 50 plots for buyers to build their own.
The ambitious project is also set to include 46,000sqm of commercial space, a hotel, a medical centre, a two-form entry primary school, a special school for autistic children, a country park, shops, and sports facilities.
But that’s not all, if the development goes ahead residents can also expect major changes to the A249, with the creation of an underpass and slip road modifications for access, as well as a park and ride service and contributions to M2 and M20 junction improvements.
This first step for the developer is merely to test the waters with the council before taking the risk of investing too much and having an application rejected.
However, the scale of the development has already prompted some negative feedback from those living nearby.
Neighbours Jen and Matt Wilce wrote to the council to object saying that Binbury Park would spoil their home’s surroundings and be bad for wildlife, saying they feel “incredibly victimised” by the proposal.
Full plans are available to view via the Maidstone Borough Council planning portal with the reference number 18/504836/EIOUT