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Hayle Place Stud Farm permission quoted as justification for another housing scheme in Tovil

18 December 2013
by Alan Smith

It’s called the domino theory. The idea that once one green field falls to housing the next is immediately put at risk.

Chailey Homes has submitted a planning application to Maidstone council for outline permission to build 65 flats and homes on a field to the south west of Postley Road, Tovil.

The land is outside Maidstone’s defined urban settlement area and within an area of local landscape importance and also within the setting of the grade ll listed Manor House at Hayle Place.

The proposed development site, just west of Richmond Way

The proposed development site, just west of Richmond Way

But the applicants reference the fact that Maidstone council has already granted permission for 132 homes on the Hayle Place Stud Farm opposite the 2.6 hectare plot.

The latest proposals are for a mix of one, two, three and four bedroom homes, with 26 affordable units.

An existing bungalow called The Lodge at the entrance to the old Hayle Park would be demolished to make way for a new access road that would run into the site parallel with Richmond Way.

The North Loose Residents Association has called an urgent public meeting on the issue on Friday night at 7.30pm in the Eling Court day room, off Hildenshaw, Maidstone. All welcome.

Application number 13/2038 refers.

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