Have your say on de­vel­op­ment plans

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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

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