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Controversial plans to build 500 homes near ancient woodland have been unanimously rejected.
The application for the development off Hermitage Lane, Maidstone, was recommended by officers to be turned down when it went before tonight's Maidstone council planning committee.
Although the land is earmarked for some development, councillors were unhappy about the amount of affordable housing included, the scale of it and the threat to the woodland.
A separate application for another site, also on Hermitage Lane, was withdrawn from the meeting.
The application for full planning permission to demolish the former nurses’ home and surrounding buildings to make way for 69 houses by Bellway Homes was deferred for three weeks.
The developer had asked for extra time to consider a request from Kent County Council in relation to the amount it should pay towards primary school provision, under a Section 106 agreement.
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