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
2013 SHLAA: Fant Farm and Land by Farleigh Lane - 60.22 hectares
(149 acres) identified for 590 homes - or a quarter of an acre