Hollingbourne Parish Council has been asked to support a campaign by five Parish Councils in the Sittingbourne Area who are opposing the development of 11,250 houses in five parishes including those of Tunstall and Bredgar which are on the B2163 which passes through Hollinghbourne where there are already daily morning and evening traffic jams. Additionally many of the residents of Milstead and the other two villages use the road through Hollingbourne to reach the M20.
Hollingbourne Parish Council has previously considered the matter and is particularly concerned about the traffic impact on Hollingbourne which sees daily traffic jams (pictured at the bottom of the page) which may become worse because of other proposed developments in Hollingbourne and at Junction 8 of the M20 and the fact that the narrrowness of the B2163 through the Eyhorne Street Conservation means that the road is already effectively single track.
The full Newsletter including coloured maps from the five Sittingbourne Parish Councils can be downloaded here five-parishes-newsletter.pdf (49 downloads) . The text of the Newsletter without the maps appears below.
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT TO SAVE
SITTINGBOURNE AND ITS VILLAGES FROM
EXCESSIVE AND UNNECESSARY DEVELOPMENT!
The Five Parishes’ Opposition Group (5POG) is a group set up by the Parish Councils of
Bapchild, Bredgar, Milstead, Rodmersham (Highsted) and Tunstall to protect the countryside
from the impact of excessive development.
Source: “Highsted Park” – Environmental Impact Assessment Scoping Report – Quinn Estates December 2017
Over 585 hectares of prime agricultural land, countryside and woodland identified by
Quinn Estates and local landowners for mixed-use development to create:
- Up to 11,250 houses to create ‘Highsted Park’
- New ‘business park’ at Dully/Teynham
- A bypass to link A2 to M2 via Kent Science Park
HOW TO HELP NOW
Please update the KMBRCA website before Quinn’s begin their environmental research. When
a developer is interested in a site, they undertake a ‘desk top survey’ before anything else. They
contact the Kent and Medway Biological Records Centre (KMBRC) to see if any records exist about
the flora and fauna on the proposed site. If nothing has been recorded to be “flagged up”, little
can hinder the developer’s plans. Quinn’s will employ ecologists to research the proposed site but
we know hedgerow, trees and habitats are already being disturbed or removed and forcing
The plans threaten the integrity of the Kent Wildlife Trust Reserve at Cromers Wood and The Site
of Nature Conservation Interest at Highsted Quarries, and across the whole rural area. Rare wild
flowers and plants, earwigs, bats, dormice, badgers and birds of prey all need protection. The RSPB
consider the following some of their highest conservation priorities: bullfinch, crane, cuckoo, grey
wagtail, house sparrow, lapwing, lesser spotted woodpecker, nightingale, redwing, song thrush and
Please note the nature you see now, or have in the past, whether it be around your garden, your
parish and on walks within the proposed development area. The most efficient way to do this is by
visiting the KMBRC website – www.kmbrc.org.uk – and using the forms shown under ‘Recording &
Support’. If you have no Internet access, please participate by using the form below and posting it
to an address shown.
Your help now is vital. There is just enough time to update the KMBRC website.
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Please complete and return to either: KMBRC, Brogdale Farm, Brogdale Road, Faversham, ME13 8XZ or
Mrs Lena Jordan, FPOG Clerk, Waterside, Highsted Valley, Nr Sittingbourne, ME9 0AD
THE 5POG CAMPAIGN
Quinn Estates have not yet submitted a planning application. From past experience, it is likely
to be submitted during a holiday period (possibly summer 2018). In the meantime, 5POG are
speaking to parties for advice and guidance.
To be updated automatically by 5POG about these proposals and action required, you need to
register your e-mail address. This is the most efficient and cost-effective way of communicating
for 5POG. Your details will not be shared with any other parties.
Please register at: www.fiveparishes.org.uk
TO OFFER SPECIALIST HELP*
5POG would be grateful to hear from anybody with knowledge and expertise in the
Environment Ecology Law Planning Highways Media/PR
If you can help in any way, please e-mail your details to: email@example.com
TO DONATE TO THE 5POG FIGHTING FUND*
5POG are currently identifying specialist consultants who can assist with aspects of the planning
process, including impact studies on local services, resources, environment and landscape.
Donations to the 5POG Fighting Fund will be most gratefully received. Payments can be made
5POG Fighting Fund Sort code: 60-19-25 Account No: 28536576
If you require a receipt for your donation, please use your surname as the payment reference and
advise the 5POG clerk by e-mail of your payment at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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*FORM FOR THOSE WITHOUT INTERNET/E-MAIL ACCESS
Please post 5POG updates to the name and address below.
Please find attached a cheque for £……..……. (cheque made payable to ‘Five Parishes’ Fighting Fund’)
I can advise on this issue Environment Ecology Law Planning Highways Media/PR
Please post to: Mrs Lena Jordan, FPOG Clerk, Waterside, Highsted Valley, Nr Sittingbourne, ME9 0AD
Any personal data collected by 5POG will not be used for anything else or passed to a third party.
A message from the Five Parishes Chairman.
South Sittingbourne has been identified for mass expansion by Quinn Estates, with over 11,000 new
houses proposed for the local area and Swale’s countryside sacrificed for a possible bypass. Quinn Estates
are behind the regeneration of Sittingbourne and the threat of 600+ new houses in the village of Borden.
Quinn’s have now earmarked 585 hectares of agricultural land, woodland and countryside for destruction.
That’s around the size of five O2 Arenas, six Bluewater Shopping Centres or 11 roofs of Wembley Stadium.
5POG is seeking your support. We face a developer with
money and resources who wants to succeed in providing
the most catastrophic building venture for Swale. In addition,
there are Councillors who view this as an opportunity not a
threat and who wish to pursue possible strategic changes
to local planning policy.
Similar proposals threatened us in 2003. If you’re new to
the area, the Swale Local Plan, setting out planning for
the future, was under review and developers were seizing
the opportunity to include new sites for housing in the
document. Thousands of new houses were already under construction at Sheppey, Iwade and Senora
Fields and those at Eden Park were yet to be built. At the same time, Sittingbourne Research Centre in
Tunstall rebranded to ‘Kent Science Park’ (KSP) and wanted to expand beyond its boundary to “sustain
its future at the forefront of research and development in the UK”. KSP’s growth plans also included 2
local landowners providing fields for 5,000 new houses which, in turn, would fund the construction of an
M2-A2 bypass. Under the banner, “Sittingbourne Urban Extension”, KSP printed a map of housing for
south Sittingbourne and a bypass from the A2 at Dully/Bapchild, across Rodmersham to a new junction at
Cromers Road and Stockers Hill. Through Highsted Valley and Tunstall to the KSP, the bypass would form
a new M2 junction between Milstead and Bredgar. These proposals resulted in the most-affected villages
forming ‘The 5 Parishes Opposition Group’ (5POG).
Support from the people of Swale was overwhelming. Residents opposed the KSP’s ‘opportunist
developer’ having housing and a bypass included in the revised Local Plan. Donations to a ‘Fighting Fund’
paid for a planning consultant, over 3,000 people signed a petition and more than 450 joined a protest
march in Sittingbourne High Street. The local press gave 5POG generous coverage and together with
Parish Councils, Borough Councillors and the previous MP, FPOG fought a 7-year campaign.
The KSP’s proposals were not included in the Swale Local Plan which was adopted in July 2017.
This approved current Local Plan took 10 years and nearly £1million of taxpayers’
money to produce. It permits development of 776 new dwellings per year (13,192 during the Plan
period 2017 – 2031) with no significant development south of Sittingbourne.
These new proposals – 11,250 houses over 11,500 acres – will likely form a planning application despite
the Local Plan having been adopted. Now, a decision made at a meeting of Swale Borough Council’s
‘Local Framework Committee’, has decided to pursue not just a review of the Local Plan (as required by
the Planning Inspector) but to produce an entirely new Local Plan which could provide Quinn Estates and
some Borough Councillors with the opportunity to include:
- “New settlements” or a “Garden City” in a revised Local Plan,
permitting over 10,000 dwellings to be built in south Sittingbourne.
- Increase Swale’s housing provision from 13,192 to over 30,000 dwellings,
a number vastly exceeding the current target and the Government’s new target.
Could Swale sustain approximately 70,000 more residents, that’s almost the population of Ashford?
Please register at our website (or complete the Form on the downloaded Newsletter – see top of page) to learn how to support our work, to stay
updated on developments and to help fund consultants to ensure residents’ concerns are heard.
Chairman of 5POG
www.fiveparishes.org.uk Printed by CCS Print, Sittingbourne on behalf of 5POG
Pictured below is a picture of a morning traffic jam in Eyhorne Street taken last year. It is expected that the situation will become worse because of the current development and future proposed developments in Hollingbourne and at Junction 8 of the M20. Additionally there is the real risk that Five Parishes development will generate even more traffic from residents wanting to use the M20.