Maidstone Borough Council has granted planning permission to Fernham Homes to build twelve houses in the space between historic Godfrey House and Claygate to the east of Eyhorne Street. The permission for application 16/508640 was granted by the Maidstone Borough Council Planning Committee at their meeting in the Town Hall on 1st February 2018.
The planning application was opposed by some residents and was supported by a majority of the members of Hollingbourne Parish Council. Concerns were the effect on traffic, the lack of infrastructure including places at Hollingbourne CP School, and the fact that the development includes no “affordable” homes.
Work started on site clearance in November 2017.
The only other major planning application pending is number 16/508436 which is to build 10 large houses to the west of the Windmill Lane public footpath close to the Village Hall. This has been opposed by Hollingbourne Parish Council, the Village Hall Committee, and a large number of local residents principally due to access issues. Windmill Lane is a privately owned and maintained public footpath which is little more than 3 metres wide in places with no passing places. No date has been fixed for this application to go before the Planning Committee. It is intended that the Parish Council be represented at the meeting and a number of other residents have indicated that they will also attend.
The access to the Windmill Lane site is partly owned by EI Group who also own the three village public houses and the site of the Village Hall where the 20 year lease expired in August 2016. EI Group have so far declined to renew the village hall lease and at a meeting on 10th January the Village Hall Committee was told that a new 5 year lease may be granted sometime over the next year. At the moment the Village Hall Committee is considering the matter.
Pictured below is the Fernham Homes site plan.