Fernham Homes site clearance begins before planning permission granted – UPDATED

Clearance work has started today on the proposed site for twelve new houses between Godfrey House and Claygate in Eyhorne Street despite the fact that the Maidstone Planning website stated that planning permission is yet to be granted. UPDATE as of 9th November – Hollingbourne Parish Council has raised the matter with the MBC Planning Department and has been advised that no breach of planning consent has occurred providing no actual construction or ground work takes place.

The present status of the planning application is as follows according to the Maidstone Planning website:-

Maidstone
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MID KENT PLANNING PUBLIC ACCESS

16/508640/FULL | Erection of 12 residential dwellings, together with associated access, parking, drainage and landscaping. | Land East Of Eyhorne Street Hollingbourne Kent

Details
Summary Further Information Contacts Important Dates
Comments Constraints (8) Documents (117) Related Cases (1) Map
Reference
16/508640/FULL
Alternative Reference
PP-05719540
Application Received
Fri 23 Dec 2016
Application Validated
Mon 23 Jan 2017
Address
Land East Of Eyhorne Street Hollingbourne Kent
Proposal
Erection of 12 residential dwellings, together with associated access, parking, drainage and landscaping.
Status
Awaiting decision
Appeal Status
Unknown
Appeal Decision
Not Available
There are 117 documents associated with this application.
There are 0 cases associated with this application.
There is 1 property associated with this application.

Hollingbourne Parish voted by a majority to not object to this scheme although a number of residents were concerned about the impact on traffic and the fact that any Section 61 payments in respect of local school places would benefit Harrietsham and not Hollingbourne. The development has 12 houses including plots 9-12 which described as “more affordable” rather than being “affordable”. It is currently not known when the planning application will be considered by Maidstone Borough Council.

Pictured below is the excavator clearing the trees on the site in Eyhorne Street in Hollingbourne.

The start of the clearance of the Fernham Homes site on 1st November 2017.