Interim MBC Local Plan published

The 35 page Interim Maidstone Borough Council Local Plan has been published and Hollingbourne is mentioned in relation to Woodcut Farm and to housing allocations. Subject to review the Mr Robert Mellor, the Inspector has proposed that he Plan be adopted by 2021.

Woodcut Farm at Junction 8 of the M20 which has been the site of many previous planning applications is mentioned as follows:-

Consideration should be given to safeguarding part of Woodcut Farmor other sites suitable for office development from other uses for a period pending a recovery of office development values later in the plan period

A number of possible housing sites have been reduced in size including Maidstone Barracks and Lenham which has been reduced from 1500 to 1000 new houses. Details of Hollingbourne’s housing sites do not appear to be mentioned although Paragrah 91 states the following:-

 In each case (of the larger villages including Eyhorne Street)  there is the opportunity for an emerging neighbourhood plan to identify the additional smaller sites which the parish councils have indicated that they would prefer. However once the Local Plan is in place with an identified housing supply these and other villages will be in a stronger position to resist unallocated development outside the settlement boundaries except where it would accord with other Local Plan policies such as that to provide affordable housing to meet local needs.

Mr Mellor adds:-

The Local Plan should include a policy commitment to a review with a target adoption date by April 2021. That review process would accordingly need to start much earlier. The plan could then be rolled forward by 5 years from 2031 to 2036.

The full report can be downloaded here