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Outline planning permission for 150 homes in Elm Lane, Minster, submitted to Swale council

Developers have sought permission to build up to 150 homes along a country lane - one of three schemes which together could see the number of houses rise from 33 to 317.

Land Allocation Ltd has submitted an outline planning application to Swale council to develop a 15.8-acre site in Elm Lane in Minster, on Sheppey , backing onto Nelson Avenue.

Elm Lane in Minster, Sheppey
Elm Lane in Minster, Sheppey

However, the number of homes has been revised down from 180 since the proposals were first unveiled in July . Some 35% would be affordable homes.

A planning statement accompanying the application said: “The proposal would provide much-needed housing in an area which lacks a five-year housing land supply and therefore provide dwellings to meet the needs of present and future generations in a sustainable location.”

Swale council is tasked with ensuring 1,038 homes a year are built until 2031, but the authority is currently battling the Government over new rules which could see that target rise to 1,483.

But there have already been a number of objections lodged on the Elm Lane plans, with neighbours concerned about the loss of green space, worried that the area is already over-developed, and pointing to the lack of infrastructure in place.

The scheme comes as another firm, Provectus Developments Ltd, is looking to develop a 15.6-acre site further along Elm Lane, towards Scocles Road. Billed as the Island’s very first 100% affordable housing estate, it would be made up of 72 homes. A planning application for that has not yet been submitted.

The pieces of land in Elm Lane that developers have got their eyes on
The pieces of land in Elm Lane that developers have got their eyes on

And, even further down Elm Lane, at ‘The Slips’, on the corner of Scocles Road, outline permission was granted for 62 new homes in 2017 .

According to Swale council’s electoral register, at the moment there are 33 properties in Elm Lane, but if all of the proposed sites are developed, that number will rise to 317.

To view or comment on the latest plans, click here and use the reference 20/504408/OUT.

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