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Boxley Parish Council

Boxley Parish Council serves the communities of Boxley, Sandling, Boarley, Forstal, Weavering, Grove Green and the southern parts of Lordswood and Walderslade.

Boxley Parish is the largest parish in the borough of Maidstone with around 10,000 residents.

Please contact us if you have any questions about the work of the Parish Council or concerns that the Council should be aware of. We are here to help and support you. For help or to report any vandalism, please contact Boxley Parish Council on 01634 861237 or email enquiry@boxleyparishcouncil.org.uk.

The Parish Council has developed this website in order to provide information about the areas it covers, community life and the work of the Parish Council. We hope that this community website resource becomes a well-used and trusted source of information and encourages everyone to become involved in a wide range of activities.

We welcome your comments if you have any suggestions for additional information, or photographs of the Parish which you have taken and would like to see displayed on the website, please let us know by contacting the Parish Clerk, Daniela Baylis by emailing:clerk@boxleyparishcouncil.org.uk

04 July 2022

Environment Meeting

Weavering Village Hall, ME14 5JP Monday 7:30 pm View Details
04 July 2022

Parish Council Meeting

Weavering Village Hall, ME14 5JP Monday 7:30 pm View Details


Community Alert

The Parish Council has set up a community alert system whereby it notifies residents by email, any news that may affect them and the parish. This could range from planning developments to road closures and crime reports. If you wish to be included please subscribe below.

Latest Parish News

Walderslade Woodlands Trust

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June 2022
Walderslade Woodlands Trust

Lidsing Garden Community

Boxley

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June 2022
Lidsing Garden Community

Lidsing Garden Community

Boxley Parish Council remain committed to fighting the continued inclusion of the proposed 2000+ home Lidsing Garden Village Community in Maidstone Borough Council’s current Local Plan Review. Boxley PC has made, and will continue to make, robust objections at every stage of the Review process.


The parish council is cooperating with Bredhurst PC in this and will be making a substantial donation towards the cost of a barrister and expert witnesses to speak at the Examination in Public of the Review by the government Inspector in September.


What does this development mean for residents of Boxley Parish?


It obliterates the ‘protected’ strategic gap between Medway and Maidstone and will turn Lordswood, Walderslade, Princes Park, and Hempstead into one big urban sprawl, obliterating in the process good agricultural land and much valued recreational space.


There is no mention of other nearby proposed developments:
- 450 houses at the adjacent Gibraltar Farm site
- The same developer has another site (East Hill) adjacent to Gibraltar Farm that has already been approved on appeal for 800 houses.


No consideration has been given in the Local Pan Review to these other developments and their cumulative impact on the roads, infrastructure, and ecology of the area.


Together with the Garden Community these proposed developments would cause the loss of almost one third of the rural Capstone Valley and would put additional strain on already oversubscribed schools and health services in the area including Medway Maritime Hospital. Any new facilities are likely to be in Medway and not Maidstone.

The developers propose additional roads for East-West traffic movements and north towards Medway but nothing South to Maidstone. This would mean cars likely using the most direct route down Boxley Hill and through Boxley Village. This village already has severe traffic problems and is totally unsuitable for the additional traffic created by Lidsing and the other proposed developments. Further afield, London-bound traffic will probably opt to join the M2 and M20 motorways via the already overloaded A229/M2 Bluebell Hill junction compounding existing traffic problems in Lordswood and Walderslade.


Boxley Parish Council therefore remain committed to fighting the inclusion of the Lidsing Garden Community on Maidstone Borough Council’s Local Plan Review.


What can you do?
Boxley residents are encouraged to contribute to the Against Lidsing Garden Development (ALGD) ‘Go Fund Me’ initiative to ensure that sufficient funds are raised to stop this development. There is a link to the ALGD Facebook group on the Boxley Parish Council website together with the information on the proposed development

Cllr Chris Sheppard
Chairman
Boxley Parish Council

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