Friday, 27 September 2013

Greens deliver 650 letters of objection to Maidstone Borough Council

24th September 2013
Maidstone Greens have handed over 650 letters to Maidstone Borough Councillors asking them not to allow building on Fant Farm. The Green Party handed the letters to Councillor Paine (Cabinet Member for Strategic Planing) today at 2pm outside the Town Hall. They have collected the letters from residents around the 150 acre site that has been put forward for 590 houses. The Greens are concerned that building houses using a quarter of an acre of green field land for each is unnecessary and will not meet the future housing need of the town. The site has been put forward by its owners as a future area for housing.

Stuart Jeffery, Green Party campaigner in Fant Ward: "Fant Farm is much loved by local residents. Building across this site would be disastrous for the area. The roads would not cope, there are not enough schools or doctors locally and Maidstone would lose yet another piece of green space to houses.

"We recognise the need for homes, however, and we have shown that there is enough space on existing 'brown field' sites where there are under-used offices and closed factories to provide homes for the next 20 years. With the need for homes being focused on smaller homes, the huge executive mansions suggested by the land owners with an average of a quarter of an acre for each house, the proposal is unnecessary as well as unwelcome.

"We have knocked on all the homes in the streets around Fant Farm and almost everyone wants Fant Farm to remain as it is - an asset to the community. Over 650 letters to the council have been signed by residents."


Notes:

2013 SHLAA: Fant Farm and Land by Farleigh Lane - 60.22 hectares (149 acres) identified for 590 homes - or a quarter of an acre each.
http://www.maidstone.gov.uk/residents/planning/local-plan/local-plan-progress

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