Rural charity gives its vision for the future of borough
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01 Apr 2011COUNTRYSIDE FOUNDATION'S 'DISMAY' AT COUNCIL'S PLAN
AN ENVmONMENTAL charity has put forward its own suggestions for the future development of the borough.
The Kent branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England came up with five key elements after it was unable to support any of the four options being put forward by Swale Borough Council as part of its Pick Your Own consultation.
Views given will be used to form the basis of the council's Core Strategy to replace the Local Plan.
The charity said it was "dismayed" that all four ideas included the completion of the Sittingbourne Northern Relief Road (SNRR) while options three and four include the Sittingbourne Southern Relief Road being built between the M2 and A2.
In a 23-page response, the charity recommends an upgrade to Junction 5 of the M2 to make it a free-flowing junction instead and that an assessment for the need of the SNRR should be looked at after.
Unhappy with the potential huge increase in housing, it said there should he no further greenfield development on Sheppey and that the council should focus the provision of new homes on regeneration sites in central Sitting-bourne and Queenborough and identified brownfield land.
Meanwhile any greenfield developments should be on the edge of Sittingbourne or larger villages. It recommended no further extension to the Kent Science Park but suggested the site be reassessed once the future of the Pfizer site at Sandwich is known.
It also added that new employment should be provided on already identified sites and the potential to regenerate the Port of Sheerness in the future needs to be identified.
This includes looking at the reclamation of land from the sea to create new deep water berths and opportunities for housing and employment development.
In total, over 2,000 responses were received by Swale Borough Council as part of the consultation process which started in January and ended on March 14.
The responses will be considered by the council and a further report will go out for public consultation in autumn.
You can view the response documents by clicking on related links to the left