Published: 10:00, 25 April 2015 |
Updated: 10:15, 25 April 2015
The Bearsted and Thurnham Society has launched a new campaign - Save Our Green Fields.
Posters have been going up all around the villages urging residents to attend the forth-coming public inquiry into the proposed Waterside Park development.
The society is opposed to the scheme submitted by Gallaghers to construct an industrial and warehouse complex off the A20 near J8 of the M20.
Secretary Mary Richards said: “If either or both of these developments are permitted there is nothing to stop development from J8 all the way through the KIG site to Thurnham Lane in Bearsted.”
The inquiry is scheduled to start at 10am on Wednesday, May 6, at Sessions House in County Hall, Maidstone.
There will be a rally by objectors on the steps of County Hall from 9.15am.
The application has already been rejected by Maidstone council, but Scarab Sweepers and ADL, two Marden-based firms who had been hoping to relocate to the new business park, lodged a joint appeal.
The appeal is also being opposed by KCC, by the Joint Parishes’ Group representing 14 parishes in the immediate area, and by the Campaign to Protect Rural England.
CPRE’s director Hilary Newport said: “We are ready to fight this this. We have already submitted 10 expert witness statements to the inspector.”
*The appeal will run from May 6 to May 8 inclusive; then from Tuesday, May 12 to May 14 inclusive, and finally from Monday, May 18 to May 21, starting at 10am each day.
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