MBC to raise planning application fees by 20% and other January news in brief. – UPDATED THROUGH THE MONTH.

Hollingbourne Parish Council has been advised by Maidstone Borough Council that planning application fees will be increased by 20% from 17th January 2018. Please see below for a message from Ms Joanna Woods the MBC Planning Department.

Joanna Woods
Mid Kent Planning Support Officer
Mid Kent Improvement Partnership
Maidstone BC and Swale BC
Tel 01622 602092
w www.maidstone.gov.uk w www.swale.gov.uk

Please note that as of 17th January 2018 statutory fees required for planning applications will be increasing by 20%. Please see link attached http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2017/1314/pdfs/uksi_20171314_en.pdf

Please be aware that if you have already submitted an application to us, and it is currently invalid and remains invalid when the fees increase, you will be required to pay under the new fee regulations.

MKPS – Working in Partnership with: Maidstone and Swale
Please note: All planning related correspondence for MBC and SBC should be sent to:
Mid Kent Planning Services, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone ME15 6JQ
Access planning services online at: www.maidstone.gov.uk; www.swale.gov.uk; or submit an application via www.planningportal.gov.uk

Other News in Brief (Updated through the month of January):

Hollingbourne Parish Council has also been advised of a proposal to build a track through Warren Wood as follows:-

Application: 18/500201/AGRIC Officer: Graham Parkinson
Grid: 584533/153763 Ward: North Downs
Parish: Hollingbourne
Address: Warren Wood Hospital Road Hollingbourne Maidstone Kent
Proposal: Prior Notification for a proposed track. For its prior approval to – siting and construction
Applicant: Forestry Resource Ltd
Contact Address: FAO Mr Joe Fielding 4A Church Farm Court Capenhurst Lane Capenhurst
Details of the application can be found on the MBC Planning Portal at www.planningportal.gov.uk 


Hollingbourne School Choir to perform in Canterbury Cathedral

Beccy Stroud writes:-

Please come along to hear Hollingbourne School Choir sing at Canterbury Cathedral on Thursday 18th January at 2pm. Tickets £4 from the school office (Tel 880270)_. No tickets will be sold on the door.
Andrew Snowdon’s choir from The New Beacon School will also be performing along with Leigh Primary school and Simon Langton Boys School.

Pictured below is Canterbury Cathedral.

Canterbury Cathedral.


Pilgrim’s Way Parishes hold joint Parochial Church Council meeting in Sittingbourne.

Members of the Parochial Church Councils from the Pilgrim’s Way Parishes which includes All Saints’ in Hollingbourne met for a one day conference at Holy Trinity Church in Sittingbourne on 13th January under the leadership of the Reverend Paul Kite who is the Team Vicar for the Pilgrim’s Way. Matters discussed included the objectives for the various churches, the need to attract more worshippers including families, and the policies on baptism and church marriage for divorcees. It was agreed that baptisms should be generally be performed as part of the normal Sunday services while the policy on divorcees will be further discussed at the next Hollingbourne Parochial Church Council meeting.


Parish Councillors to meet Kent Police and Crime Commissioner.

Representatives of Hollingbourne Parish Council are due to meet Mr Matthew Scott, the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, on a Friday date yet to be confirmed sometime over the next few weeks. Update : The date has now been confirmed as Thursday 8th March at 4pm.

Picture below is Mr Scott at the April 2016 election hustings in the Hollingbourne Village Hall.

Mr Matthew Scott, Kent Police and Crime Commissioner.


Hollingbourne may lose nearest HS1 station.

Maidstone may lose the only access to the Channel Tunnel High Speed Link when the next Kent rail franchise is awarded by the Department of Transport in December 2018. Hollingbourne was blighted by the building of the line through the village from the first route announcement on 8th March 1989 until small amounts of compensation were paid out by the Department of Transport in 2007. The nearest station with access to the Link, now called HS1, is Maidstone West and it is possible that the small number of services from that station will cease with the new franchise. Hollingbourne and much of the area will have suffered years of pain for no long term gain.

The next nearest station is Ashford which is just over 15 miles away. Although it possible to get a seat on commuter trains from Hollingbourne, they are usually full up by the time they leave Maidstone East which is a problem that will not improve because of the development of thousands of new house in  Maidstone and the possible end of services from Maidstone West.



Marian Anderson writes:

The strong winds on Wednesday (17th January) night ripped my plastic bench cover from its moorings and it has disappeared. I’ve found another cover and this is now held in place with heavy logs, but if anyone has found the original I would be most grateful for its return. Thank you.

Marian Anderson
The Small Cottage
Upper Street (by the church)


Revised theme for 2018 Summer Fete and Exemption Dog Show on 9th June.

At the Summer Fete Planning Meeting on 22nd January it was decided to chance the planned theme from the “40’s and 50’s” to “Heroes”. It was reported that the new Hollingbourne Team vicar, the Reverend Paul Kite, had agreed to open the event which will be held on the Lance Memorial Playing Field. The Ad Hoc Committee noted that more volunteers are wanted to help on the day and the evening before. The next meeting was fixed for Monday 19th February at 8pm in the Dirty Habit in Upper Street. All are welcome to attend.


Junction 8 legal costs.

Hollingbourne Parish Council has been contacted by Thurnham Parish Council with a request that Hollingbourne contributes to the legal expenses of CPRE (Campaign for the Protection of Rural England) who are fighting the proposed development on Woodcut Farm at Junction 8 of the M20 which is within the Parish of Hollingbourne. Various schemes have been strongly opposed and rejected over a number of years. Thurnham Parish Council has contributed £750, Bearsted Parish Council has pledged £1500,  and private individuals another £500-£750. The matter will be considered at the next Parish Council meeting on Monday 12th February at 7.30pm in the Cardwell Pavilion. The local office of CPRE is in Charing.


Death of Marjorie Anderson (102)

The death has been reported of former Tilefields resident Marjorie Anderson who was 102 and 11months old. Since leaving Hollingbourne a few years ago she had been living in a nursing home. No funeral details available as yet.


Promotion for Hollingbourne MP Mrs Helen Whately.

Local MP Helen Whately has been appointed PPS (Parliamentary Private Secretary)  to Greg Hands MP in the Department for International Trade which is headed by Dr Liam Fox MP. The Faversham and Mid Kent MP can be contacted at helen.whately.mp@parliament.uk


Windmill Lane Planning application latest.

The planning application to build 10 houses to the west of Windmill Lane (Application 17/503118) will not be considered as expected at the Maidstone Planning Committee meeting on Thursday 1st February in the Town Hall. The application has been opposed by Hollingbourne Parish Council, Hollingbourne Village Hall Committee, local residents and many others. No more information is available.


Additional performance of Hollingbourne pantomime on 7th February due to public demand.

As the Hollingbourne Pantomime Group’s production of the “Wizard of Hozz” is sold out , an additional Preview performance has been arranged for 7.45pm in the Village Hall on Wednesday 7th February. Tickets are £5 on the door.


Greenway Court Road still flooded at the railway bridge.

Greenway Court Road has been flooded for most of January under the railway bridge and motorists are advised to use caution before entering the water or to avoid the road. Until the water drains away it is not suitable for pedestrians. Greenway Court Road links the A20 with Eyhorne Street at he Lance Memorial Playing Field.


Station Footpath diverted following Public Meeting on 23rd January in the Village Hall.

Network Rail have been granted permission to close the footpath over the railway line to the west of Hollingbourne Station and to divert the footpath over the railway bridge. A public meeting was held to consider the issues on 23rd January in Hollingbourne Village Hall. Mr Andrew Tait of KCC Democratic Services – Governance and Law writes:

“The Panel agreed with Network Rail’s view that it was not practicable to make the existing crossing safe for the public. It concluded that it was in the interests of the safety of users or likely users of the at grade crossing to divert the public path.”

One of the issues at Hollingbourne Station is the lack of disabled access for those  wishing to cross from one platform to the other. The change in the footpath will mean that disabled walkers will have to climb steps in order to cross the line.

The revised route of the footpath is at  KH183-Hollingbourne-plans.pdf (200 downloads)


Heart of Kent Hospice launches Spring Superdraw.

Dorothy Gorman from the Hospice which serves Hollingbourne writes:

How would you like the opportunity to win a top prize of £2000 in our Spring Superdraw. In addition to the top prize there is a second prize of £500, a third prize of £100 and 20 prizes of £20 each.

The draw will take place on 16th March (closing date 9th March) . Why not return your entries and payment by 16th February for a chance to win a £50 M & S voucher.

Tickets are only £1.00 and can be purchased in any of our shops, at Hospice Reception, by calling us on 01622 790195, emailing fundraising@hokh.co.uk or by following the link to bit.ly/hokhsuperdraw.


Parish Council asked to consider joining a national network of beacons to mark the 100th anniversary of the WWI Armistice on 11th November 2018.

Hollingbourne Parish Council has been asked to light a beacon on 11th November as part of a national chain of beacons to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of fighting in WW1. Previous beacons have been lit at the School in 2000 to mark the Millennium and in 2016 on the occasion of the Queen’s 90th birthday. Another beacon was lit in June 2012 on top of the North Downs above Eden’s Hole for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The Parish Council will consider this at a future Meeting and more information is at  Battle’s-Over-Guide.pdf (134 downloads)

Pictured below is the 2012 Beacon above Hollingbourne which was accompanied by a fireworks display.

The Diamond Jubilee Beacon in June 2012 on top of the North Downs above Hollingbourne.