STOP WATES' 2nd try at building 250 homes on Forty Acre Field

STOP WATES' 2nd try at building 250 homes on Forty Acre Field

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Liz Simpson started this petition to Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council

We the UNDERSIGNED wish to OBJECT to planning application TM/20/01738/OA being the proposal to build 250 homes on land locally known as “Forty Acres”, East Malling and which lies to the south of the A20 and west of Winterfield Lane, East Malling.  This is identical to a proposal which the Borough Councillors on Area 3 Planning Committee unanimously rejected last month. 

The grounds of our objection continue to be that the land is shown on the current Local Plan as countryside and the same on the submitted draft Local Plan which also proposes it to be included in the Green Belt to help protect the setting of historic West Malling and keep a separation  between East and West Malling and from the built-up area of Leybourne and Larkfield to the north of the A20. 

The site which is good agricultural land is an important green space with the rural footpaths running across it providing a well-used recreational asset for the local community as well as a route too and from West Malling station.  The character of these paths would be lost if incorporated into a housing area. 

The site is also important in the local landscape with its mature trees and adjoins the designated Conservation Area around the Grade 1 Clare House to the east and helps retain the separate identity of East and West Malling. 

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