Hollingbourne Parish Council has passed on local residents’ concerns about the noise from the Fernham Homes housing site which started at 8am this morning which is Good Friday. Currently 12 houses are being constructed on the site which is between Godfrey House and Claygate and which backs on to Hollingbourne Meadows Trust land. Fernham Homes Land Director Paul Dawson has promised to investigate the matter and come back with an answer to the Parish Council.
As previously reported in “April news in brief”, Hollingbourne Meadows Trust have expressed concern about the removal of trees and a hedgerow at the rear of the site and the possible loss of nesting sites at an important time of the year for birds. The matter has been referred to Maidstone Borough Council and it is possible that the Environment Agency could become involved.
Some pictures of the site appear below.
The development was opposed by many local residents and Section 106 payment for affordable housing will not be spent in Hollingbourne. A previous issue which was resolved was mud on Eyhorne Street from site vehicles.
Pictured below (top) is the original design for the development when it had only 10 properties instead of 12 as at present. At that point the hedge between the housing site and the Hollingbourne Meadows Trust land was to be retained. A revised site plan showing 12 houses appears below (bottom).