The Sittingbourne Society says current proposals breach Local Plan policy

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06 Oct 2010
Michael Baldwin representing the Sittingbourne Society that the developers are totally disregarding the eventual existence of the Sittingbourne Northern Relief Road.

No doubt this is in their corporate interests but this should in no way permit them to reduce the size of the approved Public Open Space.

The requirement for the overall plan is that 15 Ha of land shall be public open space IN PERPETUITY.
 
The current proposal breaches that condition because the proposed route of the Northern Relief Road (NRR) cuts through the allocated land.

It is axiomatic that allowance needs to be made for the land to be lost to the NRR, because such land cannot be considered as being public open space in perpetuity.

More open space needs to be allocated at this stage in order to retain 15 Ha when the NRR is built.

The Sittingbourne Society also goes on to say that a root and branch re-appraisal of the basic assumptions underlying the Stones Farm Development. In particular, there is a golden opportunity to create a development which is more in keeping with the village of Bapchild, rather than making a high density development in order to comply with now defunct housing policies

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