Please sign our petition: don’t let the government deregulate planning

Unpleasant plans are being discussed in the corridors of power

The government has devised some new plans that could pose a huge risk to the countryside and the communities living and working within it.
Ministers want to take decision-making powers away from communities and local councils, handing it over to housing developers and central powers in Westminster.  
Under these new proposals, our ability to shape the future of where we live – a right communities have had for 70 years – could be lost with the stroke of a pen. 
We must resist this, but we don’t have long. 
We have to stand firmly against these proposals before they are taken any further. Please sign our petition to call on government to drop them and invest in a planning system that:

  • Puts people and communities first
  • Provides access to countryside for all
  • Delivers affordable homes for those in need
  • Enables the building of zero-carbon homes as soon as possible
  • Empowers councils and gives local people a voice

We need to shift the scales in favour of communities, not developers, and if enough of us stand together, we can make a real difference. With just a few clicks, you can be part of that. Please sign our petition to Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, here:

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Petition asks for green buffer zone between Mersham and proposed customs clearance site

The proposed buffer zone is the last green field between Mersham and the planned customs clearance site

Ashford residents are being asked to sign a petition calling for an area of countryside at Mersham to be protected from development.
The land, east of Highfield Lane, is the last green field between Mersham and the proposed customs clearance and lorry-holding area, and The Village Alliance is urging Ashford Borough Council to keep it as a green buffer zone.
This could be done through its Strategic Gap in Perpetuity policy, which protects ancient settlements and countryside from encroachment.
The petition is attached here for you to print and sign.
Once signed, it can be passed to neighbours and friends. If you include your email address, you will be kept informed of progress with the campaign.
Signed petition forms can be left at Mersham Village Stores, The Royal Oak or the Farriers Arms by Sunday, August 30.
If you need your form collecting, or any further information, phone 07732 382624. You can also send your signed petition (scanned if necessary), including your address, by email to thevillageallianceTVA@gmail.com

There’s a petition against housebuilding levels in Maidstone… and you can sign it!

Plans for a garden community at Lenham Heath have not gone down well

As the fightback against the development onslaught on Kent builds, a petition is being sent to Maidstone councillors asking them to stand up to housebuilding targets set by national government.   
The petition, set up by Peter Burton and titled Enough is Enough: Maidstone’s Housing and Infrastructure, requests councillors:

  • Challenge and campaign against national government’s housebuilding targets
  • Rethink the building of garden communities, which threaten places such as Lenham Heath, Marden and Langley
  • Do not accept new housebuilding levels that are unsustainable for the borough of Maidstone
  • Complete a full infrastructure assessment before the Local Plan Review and ensure all historical infrastructure issues are rectified across the borough before any projects commence
  • Be transparent and engage parish councils and local communities before any final decisions are made with regards to planning and new developments

If you would like to sign the petition, click here