What are the options?

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01 Mar 2011
In brief Bapchild Parish Council considers
  • The employment growth targets in all options are unachieveable, a view echoed by KCC. 
  • That housing growth is based on scrapped targets and that no low growth option exists
  • That improving the existing junction 5 on the M2 to be the number one transport priority, the Council plan to do nothing other than a study
  • Whether we should complete the Northern Relief Road, the purpose of which was to direct traffic to the M2 via the A249, and not as is current suggested to justify aspirations for a Southern Relief Road
  • That there is no economic case for expanding the Kent Science Park, growth predictions haven't materialised over the last 7 years and now the pfizer complex at Sandwich will pose serious competition.
  • That no further housing should be located in Bapchild or in the vicinity of Bapchild in the plan period. Stone Farm equates to 130% expansion of our village and it cannot be sustainable to increase the scope of the village beyond this point in such a short time-frame. 

   

Important: You do not have to choose any of these options, you can select just the bits you like or dislike.
 

Option 1

Described as continuing previous policy provision with development concentrated at urban areas. Regarded as lower growth scenario in regard to employment development. Focus for new (not already identified) development will be in the Thames Gateway part of Swale, principally at Sittingbourne and Minster/Halfway. Faversham will meet local needs only with no new land identified and development at villages will be subject to general policies only.

Housing (Urban Focus)
• 13,500 new homes between 2006 and 2031
• Approximately 77% Greenfield

Employment
• 18,400 jobs between 2006 and 2026 (plan to 2031)
• All on previously identified sites (except additional 2ha Kent Science Park expansion)

Transport
• Completion of Sittingbourne Northern Relief Road
• Assess capacity of Junction 5 on M2 but no improvements to be made
 

Option 2

Described as continuing previous policy provision with development concentrated at urban areas and larger villages. In particular new greenfield housing development (total of circa 3,250 homes) will be provided at Eastchurch, Leysdown, Iwade, Newington, Teynham and/or Boughton Street instead of Sittingbourne and Minster/Halfway. Regarded as lower growth scenario in regard to employment development (as in option 1). Faversham will meet local needs only with no new land identified and development at the smaller villages will be subject to general policies only.

Housing (Urban focus plus larger villages)
• 13,500 new homes between 2006 and 2031
• Approximately 77% Greenfield

Employment
• 18,400 jobs between 2006 and 2026 (plan to 2031)
• All on previously identified sites (except additional 2ha Kent Science Park expansion)

Transport
• Completion of Sittingbourne Northern Relief Road
• Assess capacity of Junction 5 on M2 but no improvements to be made


Option 3

Described as providing a step change in employment growth and continuing the previous policy provision of concentrating development at the urban areas. Will involve a reduced greenfield requirement for housing because of proposed regeneration/redevelopment of Port of Sheerness, but search for greenfield housing will also include Sittingbourne, Iwade, Minster/Halfway and Teynham. Some new employment provision at Faversham (circa 20,000 sq.m) and some supporting housing. Will involve major expansion of Kent Science Park with a new junction on the M2. No new land identified and development at villages (other than identified above) which will be subject to general policies only (as in option 1).

Housing (Urban focus plus villages and Port of Sheerness)
• 13,500 new homes between 2006 and 2036 (5 extra years)
• Approximately 59% Greenfield (only achieved with port of sheerness)

Employment
• 30,500 jobs between 2006 and 2026 (plan to 2031)
• Requires up to 700,000 sq.m. Includes 145,000 sq.m at Kent Science Park and 131,000 sq.m at Port of Sheerness.

Transport
• Completion of Sittingbourne Northern Relief Road
• Provision of new junction on the M2 to access Kent Science Park as first phase of Sittingbourne Southern Relief Road, but full road not identified
• Assess capacity of Junction 5 on M2 but no improvements to be made


Option 4

Described as providing a step change in employment growth and housing growth. Development provision extending beyond 2031. New housing to fund ‘unlocking of capacity at junction 5’ including new junction on M2. Primary focus for new greenfield housing at Sittingbourne and Bapchild, with secondary focus at Minster/Halfway, Iwade and Teynham. Some new employment provision at Faversham (circa 20,000 sq.m) and some supporting housing. Will involve major expansion of Kent Science Park with a new junction on the M2. No new land identified and development at villages (other than identified above) which will be subject to general policies only (as in option 1).

Housing (Urban focus, port of sheerness, villages and 5,000 for Kent Science Park)
• 18,500 new homes between 2006 and 2036 (5 extra years)
• Approximately 72% Greenfield

Employment
• 30,500 jobs between 2006 and 2026 (plan to 2031)
• Requires up to 700,000 sq.m. Includes 145,000 sq.m at Kent Science Park and 131,000 sq.m at Port of Sheerness.

Transport
• Completion of Sittingbourne Northern Relief Road
• Provision of new junction on the M2 to access Kent Science Park as first phase of Sittingbourne Southern Relief Road, and full route of road identified
• Assess capacity of Junction 5 on M2 but no improvements to be made


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