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Fight against Postley Road homes plan near Hayle Place supported by County Councillor Brian Clark

09 January 2014
by Alan Smith

The County Councillor for the South Division, Brian Clark

The County Councillor for the South Division, Brian Clark

County Councillor Brian Clark has lent his support to residents fighting plans to build homes on one of Maidstone’s last remaining green areas.

Chailey Homes is seeking outline planning permission to build on horse pastures near Hayle Place in Tovil.

But Cllr Clark (Lib Dem) said: “Development at this site would create unwelcome sprawl where there is currently a very well defined demarcation between the built-up area of Richmond Way and the open countryside.”

Cllr Clark also expressed concerns about the added congestion around Armstrong Road and Postley Road the development would bring and said that to include blocks of flats in the proposals was “wholly inappropriate”.

Cllr Clark said: “With the developed areas of the Broadoak Estate and the new Taylor Wimpey development on the former Hayle Place Stud Farm next door, this green lung provides a welcome relief and should be maintained.”

The application, which would include the demolition of The Lodge, a bungalow at the entrance to the lane, has already been opposed by the North Loose Residents Association, by the Valley Conservation Society, by Tovil Parish Council and by 75 individual residents. 

The Lodge will be demolished to make way for housing on the green fields behind in the Chailey Homes plan

The Lodge will be demolished to make way for housing on the green fields behind in the Chailey Homes plan

The Borough Council said it had so far received no letters in support of the plan.

Opinions on the plan will be accepted by the council until the application is scheduled to go before the planning committee, probably on February 6.

*Application 13/2038 refers.

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