Scheme for thousands of new houses near Sittingbourne would have devastating impact on countryside (and it’s not even in the Local Plan)

A vast swathe of attractive landscape is threatened by the proposals (pic Paul Buckley)

We have objected to a vast housing scheme – effectively a new town – of more than 9,000 properties south-east of Sittingbourne.
Quinn Estates has submitted two outline planning applications for what is collectively being referred to as Highsted Park.
One comprises a scheme for 1,250 homes and other uses, including completion of the Sittingbourne Northern Relief Road, while the other is for 8,000 homes and other uses, including a new M2 junction south of the A2.
The application conflicts with the adopted Local Plan and we believe there are no material or exceptional considerations why the Plan should not be followed.
Among a range of issues, the site lies in countryside and within a designated Local Countryside Gap, while the proposed development would have a detrimental impact on the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, an Area of High Landscape Value and ancient woodlands and Local Wildlife Sites.

Friday, September 24, 2021