There has been no response so far to a request for a meeting from developer to a request from concerned Eyhorne Conservation Area residents who are worried about his plans to redevelop a block of five garages and a flat into a two bed-roomed flat with a garage. Plans were first deposited with Maidstone Borough Council on 14th April 2015 and the application will be considered by the Planning Committee on 15th September. The plans are opposed by Hollingbourne Parish Council on a number of grounds including the loss of parking resource and the possible damage to adjoining historic properties because of the narrowness of the access from Eyhorne Street. UPDATE – On 15th September – Despite strong objections from the residents of Hollingbourne and the Hollingbourne Parish Council and representations from local Borough Councillor, Patrik Garten, Maidstone Borough Council Planning Committee voted tonight to support the development. Local residents have expressed deep concern to the Parish Council on a number of occasions over the last few years about the way that Maidstone Borough Council disregard local and well founded concerns on a number of planning issues including the fact that the sewerage, drainage, and traffic infrastructure cannot cope with new development.
The matter was first considered at the MBC Planning Meeting on 25th August where it was agreed to defer discussion until the September meeting pending the supply of more information. Prior to the meeting MBC Planning Chairman Councillor John Perry decided to test the narrow access to the site in his car which was damaged negotiating the bend between two of the properties.
Parish Councillor Alan Bennett spoke at the August meeting which was covered in detail by the Kent Messenger and it is hoped that Alan and local resident Emmae Lomax will be able to speak at the September one. The Planning Meeting starts at at 6pm in the Maidstone Town Hall and is open to the public.
MBC Councillor Patrik Garten has tried unsuccessfully so far to persuade the developer to meet the local residents who have many concerns including access rights to their garages in the Mews and there has been some local disappointment about the position and performance of Maidstone planners who are supporting the application which is techically relates to 21 Eyhorne Street although most residents call in Eyhorne Mews.
Apart from a limited parking in Eyhorne Street which is mainly single track there is no public parking available in the Conservation Area so the loss of the garages is an issue.
For more information about the development please follow the link: http://pa.midkent.gov.uk/online-applications/centralDistribution.do?caseType=Application&keyVal=NNIH92TY0WU00
Pictured below (top) is the building with garages which is the subject of the application and (bottom) is Parish Clerk, Vicki Smith, standing in the entrance gap which is too narrow for all but the smallest cars and which is too narrow for any construction or commercial vehicles.