Harrietsham residents are coming down HARD on plans to turn their village into a rural service centre.
They have formed a pressure group, which they are calling Harrietsham Against Reckless Development, to fight the idea.
Mike Williams, one of the organisers, said: “The parish and borough councils have put us forward as a rural service centre, but they haven’t consulted the village.
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“We don’t want another 400 homes.”
Harrietsham currently has a population of around 2,000, in 800 houses.
But it is already under development pressure. An application from Bovis for 106 homes at Tongs Meadow has been temporarily withdrawn but a revised plan is expected shortly.
There is an outline application from KE Monk and Sons for 80 homes at Bell Farm, on land either side of Church Road.
Hillreed has a proposal for 40 homes off Court Lodge Road and there is an application for 49 homes at Mayfield Nursery on the A20.
Crest Nicholson is already nearing completion of its construction of 80 homes in West Street.
Glenda Dean said: “We are a pretty little village on the edge of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
“We don’t need all these extra houses.
“West Street is very narrow and can’t take the extra traffic.”
Residents are particularly incensed that notification of the Hillreed application was delivered just before Christmas, when villagers were too busy to respond.
They argue that the proposals which run up to Pilgrims Lake, fall foul of the borough council’s own emerging “green and blue” strategy which emphasises the importance of conserving waterways.
The group has its own Facebook page: www.facebook.com/HARDCAMPAIGN
To contact the group, email: HARDcampaign@gmail.com