Doubleday’s behind decision to relocate Northern Relief Road through Hempstead Farm

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11 Mar 2010
A lot of people have quite rightly enquired as to why the route of the Northern Relief Road which was originally envisaged to go north of Hempstead Farm in previous studies, was diverted to go through the south side of the farm, resulting in the needless destruction of properties and running very close to other residential dwellings.

Having spoken directly with Kent Highway Services their officers and listened to commentary from their consultants Jacobs during the exhibition at Hempstead House, only one reason has ever been put forward.

The owners of Hempstead Farm the Doubleday’s asked  Kent Highway Services to investigate the implications of routing the scheme south of Hempstead Farm instead of north of the buildings.

Going south of the farm allows for longer term ambitions of the farm owners to expand the farm operations. Kent Highway Services therefore have decided consult on this and will have to take on board comments from residents before any decision to adopt this routing would be made.

It is worth pointing out that all three of the properties directly affected, including the two properties that would be demolished are owned by the Doubleday’s. It is not clear as to whether or not the farm owners would seek or receive compensation as a result.

The remaining residential properties at the end of Hempstead Land which would be in very close proximity to the new road, would be unlikely to be eligible for compensation.


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