Published: 09:01, 06 August 2014 |
Updated: 09:58, 06 August 2014
Residents campaigning against extra housing in their village have recruited the Lib Dem Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Maidstone and The Weald to their cause.
Jasper Gerard joined ward councillor Brian Mortimer (Lib Dem) and around 60 residents at a protest meeting on Tuesday.
Hands Off Coxheath campaigners have posted banners around the village and are planning to distribute leaflets.
Although the Local Plan has yet to be finalised, Coxheath has been earmarked to take an extra 410 houses - a 23% increase on the 1,800 homes in the community.
Mr Gerard said: “All the villages around Maidstone are under tremendous pressure to take extra housing, but often without any increase in infrastructure.
“Congestion is already a nightmare. Doctors surgeries are full; schools are full.”
A petition, signed by 1,100 residents, was earlier delivered to the council’s new cabinet.
One of the sites is already going through the planning process in advance of the Local Plan being adopted.
The application, for 130 homes on land off Heath Road, is expected to go before the planning committee shortly. For details about the campaign, visit www.facebook.com/handsoffcoxheath
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