More than 200 people marched peacefully through Faversham at the weekend in protest at the proposed development of thousands of houses around the historic market town.
The rally, on Saturday, January 22, was organised by local group Farms, Fields and Fresh Air in response to Swale Borough Council’s Regulation 19 (Publication) Local Plan – the document to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for public examination.
This Plan, the version that the council is seeking to adopt, entails the loss of substantial amounts of Grade1 agricultural land close to the historic market town.
The Faversham protestors were joined by individuals and groups from across the county, including Save Kent’s Green Spaces, Save Capel (Tunbridge Wells) and Save Our Heathlands (Lenham); CPRE Kent also had a presence.
A spokesman from Farms, Fields and Fresh Air said: “All wanted to show their solidarity with Faversham and to stop the ceaseless destruction of Kent’s green spaces, agricultural land and wildlife habitat.
“Government policies encourage developers who, like a swarm of locusts, have descended to devour the Garden of England. The devastation has to stop.
“Brownfield and repurposing should be incentivised. Green fields should be properly protected. Real local need should define development, with a focus on truly affordable housing and environmental safeguards. We are stronger when we support each other.”
- If you’re part of a campaign hosting an event and you would like to invite like-minded people from across the county, you can email Save Kent’s Green Spaces at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.facebook.com/savekentsgreenspaces and, if appropriate, it will be advertised
- Learn more about Farms, Fields and Fresh Air here
- To read more about the Swale Local Plan, click here
- For more on Save Kent’s Green Spaces, see here
Wednesday, January 26, 2022