Published: 16:39, 28 July 2019
| Updated: 17:07, 28 July 2019
People packed cakes, crisps and 'say no to the housing development' posters for a picnic protest.
The group is opposing the proposal submitted by AC Goatham and Sons for a housing estate, primary school, 60-bed extra care facility, a 80-bed care home, a village hall and green including a children’s play area.
There were 60 people, meeting, making friends and enjoying the scenery at the protest spot, which was surrounded by orchards and shrubbery.
Picnic organiser and working mum, Sara Spellman, said: "I thought this would be a really good way of getting everyone together to protest but also to appreciate the orchards.
"Everyone who has come along has been really happy, everyone has brought their own picnics, and has talked to each other.
"It's a community coming together and that's brilliant in itself.
"We've had about 60 people here.
"We also had lots of councillors and the local MP came along.
"We've set up a committee to see how we can move forward with our protesting and just to make sure our argument against the developers is water-tight.
"The next stages are just more protests and hopefully we can do something a bit more visible, potentially to highlight the traffic problems on the Lower Rainham Road.
One councillor who attended was Mark Prenter (Lab), who represents the neighbouring Twydall ward.
He said: "I got here about an hour ago it had a really good community spirit to it.
"There was lots of cakes
"It's really good to see lots of people from different wards, this is Rainham North but there were people from Twydall, and lots of different people coming together.
"People are getting off social media and actually talking face to face, which is good in this day and age.
"It has been a really happy, spirited day."
Cllr Prenter believes the campaign group has done enough to stop the proposal being accepted by Medway Council planning committee.
He said: "The wealth of protest is huge, nearly 3,000 people have made objections on the official Medway Council site.
"As you can see there are lots of protest banners in the Pump Lane area."
One of the main reasons people are against the proposal is it will remove green space and damage wildlife habitat.
Leon Roskilly, who lives in Iversgate Close, Rainham, said: "I enjoy the wildlife of the area.
"I've got hedgehogs and foxes visiting my garden and bats flying in the evening.
"We're going to lose all that. I manage my garden for wildlife but one garden itself can't support very much.
"But we need nature in the area to support the wildlife, which supports us at the end of the day.
"When we get rid of the space for wildlife, we get rid of the space for ourselves."
Previously, those opposing the plans attended a meeting at Holy Trinity Church Hall.
Medway Council planning committee will decide on whether to grant planning permission by the end of September.