Maidstone Borough Council has now formally approved planning permission for 10 houses alongside the Windmill Lane Public Footpath. Despite opposition from Hollingbourne Parish Council and local residents, the Maidstone Planning Committee granted permission on 26th April 2018 subject to the completion of the necessary legal agreement which has now been achieved after three time extensions. EI Group PLC who own part of the Windmill Lane Footpath have yet to grant vehicular access to the site and have declined to renew the lease on the adjoining Village Hall which expired two years ago this month because of the planning application.
The developer has three years to complete the project and has to satisfy some 23 conditions including a reptile mitigation strategy, the provision of nest boxes for hedgehogs, and power supplies for hybrid cars which are documented here 17_503118_FULL-Permitted_Full-4350922.pdf (21 downloads)
In addition the developer has to make the following S106 payments : £33240 for Harrietsham School, £480.16 for library services, and £248,595 for affordable housing somewhere in Maidstone but not in Hollingbourne. Please see: 17_503118_FULL-S106-4351388.pdf (27 downloads)
Many of the objections to the development related to the narrowness of the Footpath access which is only three metres wide in parts with no space for pedestrians or for a proper drive-in from Eyhorne Street Conservation Area. The site is outside the former Village Envelope. Large vehicles cannot access Windmill Lane and there have been a number of instances where vehicles have tried but have become stuck or have damaged adjoining properties.
Pictured below are a number of residents protesting against the development earlier this year with local MBC Councillor Patrik Garten.