Proposal for a 79 bed care home at Junction 8 of the M20.

Hollingbourne Parish Council has learnt of proposals to build a 79 bed care home at White Heath on the A20 close to Junction 8. Over the years Hollingbourne Parish Council has opposed development at Junction 8 and this policy has been supported by other local Parish Councils, Leeds Castle, CPRE, MP’s, the Bearsted and Thurnham Society, Kent County Council. Although millions of pounds of public money has been spent by KCC and MBC at Public Inquiries on development at Junction 8, Maidstone Borough Council approved an application in December 2017 from Roxhill PLC to build a warehousing and distribution complex on Woodcut Farm at Junction 8.

More details about the Roxhill scheme are at http://www.hollingbournepc.kentparishes.gov.uk/maidstone-approves-planning-application-for-development-at-woodcut-farm/

It is understood that  the Berkeley Care Group, who have as yet not applied for planning permission, wish to hold a public consultation in Hollingbourne Village Hall on Tuesday 26th March from 2pm to 5pm. The ME17 1XG postcode is currently occupied by White Heath, Chestnuts, and Maple Leaf Car Wash.

It is understood that White Heath is the site of a Saxon burial ground which was the subject of a major excavation in 1912.

It is noted that the proposed consultation is to be held during an afternoon when most residents are at work. No contact information is currently available for those who wish to comment but cannot attend the consultation although the contact details for the CEO are seamus@berkleycaregroup.co.uk (Tel 07500 554715). The company website is https://berkleycaregroup.co.uk/

More details appear below.

White Heath is marked on the local OS map just to the left of Junction 8 of the M20 (please see below).

White Heath is just to the left of the blue “8”.