Concern about Good Friday working on Fernham Homes site and the removal of trees and possible nesting sites.

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 entrance to the Fernham Homes site on the east side of Eyhorne Street.
The broken hedge at the rear of the Fernham Homes site in April 2019.
The stile into Godfrey Meadow at the rear of the Fernham Homes site in April 2019. In the distance on the right is the light blue and white goat house belonging to Godfrey House.
The approved plan for the removal of trees from the Fernham Homes site as advised by Fernham Homes. The areas shaded in green are where the trees are to remain. The plan doers not appear to extend as far as the hedgerow which adjoins the Hollingbourne Meadows Trust land.

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).

The original landscape proposals for the site which show trees and hedging all road including backing on to the Hollingbourne Meadows Trust land. The plans also show trees alongside Eyhorne Street which have been removed.
The revised Fernham Homes site plan with 12 houses including four smaller ones on the top left of the development. The plan does not show the hedge which adjoins the Hollingbourne Meadows Trust land.