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A VILLAGE is preparing to battle plans for six town houses to be built on the site of an old police house.

Plans have been revealed to demolish the disused Chart Sutton police house, in Amber Lane, to make way for six three-bedroom houses.

About 50 concerned residents attended a Chart Sutton Parish Council meeting to protest against the plans.

They claimed there are too many houses planned for the site and said the area could not accommodate the extra parking spaces and traffic they would create.

They also said the homes would tower over nearby bungalows and chalets.

Chart Sutton parish clerk Richard Avery said: "The parish council has expressed the view that it is not happy with the proposal.

"We are not upset with the idea of this site being developed, but these plans are over the top in the sense that they are trying to put six town houses on a site which currently has one house."

The plans have recently been submitted to Maidstone Borough Council but a date has yet to be set for them to be considered by the planning committee.

A spokesman for Kent Police, which owns the site, said: "When disposing of this asset we will seek to maximise the return for the police force, as you would expect us to do with public money.

"We have had some input from parish council who are keen to see low cost housing on the site.

"We have to make best use of public money so that is why we have put in for relatively high density housing--to try to achieve what council is after, more affordable housing for local residents."

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