The Greens have cited the loss of ancient woodland and biodiversity being against national policy for housing, the loss of farmland, that the majority of houses have a 'mansion' footprint of half an acre, the appalling impact on the road network and that the scheme does not meet the desperate need for smaller, affordable homes in the Borough.
Stuart Jeffery, Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for Maidstone and the Weald: "Building mansions on ancient woodland for huge profit while ordinary people are being made homeless demonstrates the appalling corporate greed that pervades our society.
"These mansions will have an average footprint of a quarter an acre, land that should be enhancing biodiversity or growing food for us to eat. Houses of this type on the outskirts of town will rely on cars which will clog up our roads and emit fumes that will clog up our lungs.
"We have to stop this appalling plan to put the wrong houses in the wrong place. We need small affordable homes close to the town centre."
Letter to the council:
Dear Planning / Development Control
Re: 13/1749 An Outline application for a Mixed-Use development comprising up to 500 residents
Maidstone Green Party wishes to object to this development on the following grounds:
- The application is for development of green field and ancient woodland. These are:
- Ancient woodland
- Deciduous woodland shown in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan
- Catchment Sensitive Farming Delivery Initiative 2011-2014: Priority Catchments (England)
- There will be at least 14,493 vehicles per day moving on St Andrews Road as opposed to 781 now
- Parking provision in St Andrews Road will be drastically cut, we understand to under 15 places but this could be further reduced by provision for disabled parking allocation for users of the Medical Centre and residents only bays
- This will lead to parking problems elsewhere, particularly Heath Road, Heath Grove, Tarragon Road, Queens Road and Tonbridge Road.
- No consideration has been given to the safety of ELDERLY, DISABLED or YOUNG having to cross St Andrews road with fast flowing traffic to go to the surgery or church
- No consideration has been given to the safety of schoolchildren walking to local schools and having to cross an increased number of roads with large traffic flows.
- There appears to be no provision for a bus stop for passengers to go into town.
- Increased noise levels will have a major impact on residents and patients of the surgery, pollution levels will be much higher than at present and particularly bad for those with bronchial and chest problems. Drivers travelling South and West of St Andrews Road/ Heath Road junction will experience longer travelling time than at present, including traffic hold ups which will produce more pollution.
- Residents of Beverley Road and North Street will experience much greater traffic flows caused by we believe the no right turn into Heath Road from Hermitage Lane, this will also affect Barming schoolchildren as they all have to walk along one of these roads to get to school.
Maidstone Green Party