CPRE Kent challenges part of Maidstone Local Plan

CPRE Kent believes development of Woodcut Farm should not be included in Maidstone council’s Local Plan

CPRE Kent is challenging Maidstone Borough Council’s Local Plan.
We have sent the local authority a pre-action protocol letter requesting that it delays making a decision on a planning application for Woodcut Farm near junction 8 of the M20, due to be discussed by its planning committee tomorrow evening (Thursday, November 30).
The council adopted its Local Plan in October, but we are not happy with the inclusion of the Woodcut Farm site in the Plan, which we believe to be unlawful.
Specifically, CPRE Kent is challenging the council’s allocation of 16.8 hectares for up to 49,000 square metres of “mixed employment floorspace” at the site; this is Policy EMP 1(4) of the Plan.
We have lodged the letter, through our solicitor Richard Buxton, asking that Maidstone council’s planning committee does not debate the Woodcut Farm application, from Roxhill Developments, tomorrow.
The council has been given until 4pm today (Wednesday) to confirm postponement.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

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