At Monday nights Parish Council meeting, Councillors agreed to join together with Bredhurst Parish Council to form a working party to oppose the proposed building of 2,000 houses at Lidsing.
This proposal is under review in Maidstone Borough Council’s Local Plan Review. You can access the Local Plan Review Consultation on the MBC website and make your views known. The deadline for this consultation is 5pm on the 22 December 2020. The development, if successful, would join up with the proposed development of 450 homes at Gibraltar Farm and effectively join the areas of Bredhurst /Lordswood/ Walderslade and Hempstead into one large urban mass eliminating the once protected ‘Medway Strategic Gap’ that is an ‘area of local landscape importance’. All of the land to be built on is currently green fields and woodland.
If you would like to help protect this valuable open area you can join the Facebook group or the protest planned for Sunday. The Working Group has a Facebook Group you can join: The ‘Against Lidsing Village Development’ Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/lidsingplanningopposition It has accumulated over a 1000 members in less than a week! As it’s a group, you will need to ask to join the group to view posts. There is a ‘static march’ planned for Sunday. Attendees will be asked to stand 2m apart along the footpath (KH41) which cuts through the development.
These are the details: On Sunday 13th December at 11.00 we are asking for as many residents as possible to attend the location in Lidsing to support our objection against the 2000 homes planned at Lidsing Garden Village. We are hoping for the press to be there and would like as many people as possible to attend with banners and signs objecting this development. Social distancing rules will be adhered too. Thanks for all your support. This is the link: https://www.facebook.com/events/182502516883386
The Parish Council’s formal response will be agreed at the next meeting of its Environment Committee on the 14th December. This will be a virtual meeting on Teams.
The Preferred Approaches document and Sustainability Appraisal, along with the Local Plan Review evidence base and other information can be viewed and downloaded from the council’s website https://localplan.maidstone.gov.uk/home/local-plan-review If lifting of restrictions of Covid 19 allows The Maidstone Link in King Street and libraries to open, we will also make the document available for public inspection at these locations. Please send us your comments using the consultation portal https://maidstone-consult.objective.co.uk/portal/ Alternatively, you can complete the response form (https://localplan.maidstone.gov.uk/home/local-plan-review) and send it to us 1. By email to firstname.lastname@example.org 2. By post to Strategic Planning, Maidstone Borough Council, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone, ME15 6JQ