STOP THE GREEN BELT GRAB!
The message from the Gravesham CPRE committee could not be clearer as it launches a website in the battle to save the district’s Green Belt.
Urging people to get involved, the website warns us:
“Our beautiful fields could be turned into housing estates under proposals by Gravesham Borough Council.
“Across Gravesham a staggering 3,790 houses are proposed which would swallow up 21 areas of precious Green Belt. These include:
- 1,705 houses in Meopham and Sole Street across NINE green sites
- 1,810 houses in Higham across SEVEN green sites
- 275 houses in Istead Rise across FIVE green sites
“These proposed homes are set to house an extra 9,000 people in this borough alone.
“WE MUST OBJECT TO THESE PROPOSALS NOW”
It continues: “Gravesham Borough Council claims these extra 3,790 homes are needed to house a population that’s expected to burgeon over the next few years. However, the projected figures they base this on are highly debatable.
“There are also several brownfield sites in the borough that could be developed, saving our farmland and open spaces from destruction.
“Even though we are in lockdown and in the middle of a global pandemic, Gravesham Borough Council are continuing with this consultation. Even though many in the rural area are not online.
“This consultation is threatening the fabric of our villages and way of life. We are already set to lose so much to the Lower Thames Crossing. We need to draw the line NOW!”
Regulation 18 (Stage 2) consultation on the Local Plan closes at 5pm on December 31, 2020.
That might sound a little jargon-heavy and potentially complex, but the process is important and the Gravesham CPRE website will help you contribute to it… and indeed the future of the district.
It really isn’t that daunting – and you don’t need to respond to every element of the consultation – so do please spend just a little time to make your views known if you cherish the countryside of north-west Kent.
For more on this story, see here
Monday, November 30, 2020