Farm homes campaign wins support

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29 Nov 2006
VILLAGERS opposing plans for a massive housing development on farmland near Sittingbourne have gained high profile support.

There is widespread opposition to plans for hundreds of homes at Stones Farm in Bapchild.

The campaign against the proposals, being led by Bapchild Parish Council, received a boost when Swale council leader Cllr Andrew Bowles and Bapchild's Cllr Don Jordan backed the opponents.

Cllr Jordan said he was concerned about extra strain on the road system. "The biggest worry is a lot more traffic on Fox Hill," he said. "If it happens before the northern relief road is built, that is going to create problems."

Parish council chairman Andy Hudson said: "We are delighted to have the backing of borough councillors. Their support together with MP Derek Wyatt's means the community is confident that the inspector will listen to our arguments and make the right decision for Bapchild, Stones Farm and Swale."

Protesters are due to gather outside Swale House tomorrow (Thursday) morning. The parish council will be presenting its case against the proposals to the local plan inquiry inspector.

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