De­bate on gar­den vil­lage plans

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

The con­tro­ver­sial ap­pli­ca­tion for a new “gar­den vil­lage” at Detling Air­field will be the sub­ject of de­bate at a meet­ing of Thurn­ham Parish Coun­cil this month.

A joint ap­pli­ca­tion from Bin­bury Park Es­tates and EJ Mack­elden and Sons seeks per­mis­sion for 1,750 houses, 46,000 sq me­tres of com­mer­cial space, a ho­tel, a shop­ping cen­tre, a pri­mary school and a park-and-ride site.

The out­line ap­pli­ca­tion also pro­poses a 50-hectare coun­try park, based around the his­toric Bin­bury motte and bai­ley cas­tle, cur­rently dif­fi­cult to ac­cess by the pub­lic.

Ma­jor road­works on the A249 will be needed to fa­cil­i­tate ac­cess to the new es­tate.

The ma­jor­ity of the land falls within Thurn­ham and the parish coun­cil will meet at the Mar­riott Tu­dor Park Ho­tel in Bearsted at 7.30pm on Mon­day, Novem­ber 19 to con­sider the ap­pli­ca­tion.

Full de­tails of the ap­pli­ca­tion can be viewed us­ing the ref­er­ence num­ber 18/504836.

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