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Is there any point in consulting the public?

If one were to cast an eye over the last few years’ worth of consultations and planning matters which have impacted on Bapchild, you’d almost certainly come to the conclusion that our opinions fall on deaf ears time and time again.

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Study casts doubt over Kent Science Park's future.

Swale Borough Council has commissioned another Study which casts doubt on the suitability of the Kent Science Park for expansion.

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5,000 houses for the Kent Science Park

Swale Borough Council has put forward plans for 5,000 houses to support an even larger expansion than the owners of the Kent Science Park have ever proposed.

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Swale Council to pursue A2/M2 link road despite KCC study that shows that it will make matters worse

Just as conservative leader of Swale Council, Andrew Bowles pushes through new motorway junction and A2/M2 link road to support the Kent Science Park greater expansion proposals, Ex KCC Cabinet Member for Highways and current conservative KCC Councillor for Swale West drops the bombshell that it won't solve any of Sittingbourne's traffic problems.

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Council leader Andrew Bowles says members of the public not professionally qualified to speak at planning meetings

During the planning application for the Kent Science Park, Cllr Bowles instructed members of the planning committee to ignore any comments and evidence given by members of the public as they are not professionally qualified.

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Bapchild Parish Councils objects to Kent Science Park application

Having now reviewed the new documents provided by the applicant in the very limited timeframe afforded by the Borough Council, Bapchild Parish Council’s position remains unchanged. The applicant has not demonstrated either the need to expand beyond the security fence or that such an expansion could satisfactorily be accommodated by the existing rural highways whatever traffic mitigation is being proposed.

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Skewed consultation questions limit usefulness of responses

This weekend I took part in the consultation exercise on the future plans for Swale which is being conducted in order to formulate the basis of Borough Councils plans for the next 20 years.

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Hempstead House refused consent for sign

Hempstead House has been refused retrospective permission for the non-illiuminated banner sign which it had displayed in a private property on the corner of Pantney Lane and the A2. The sign by virtue of its promient location,size, materials used, design and amount of text would have a detrimental impact of the visual amenities of the surrounding area and the character of the surrounding countryside and would be distracting to passing motorists to the detriment of highway safety.

Village Hall extension approved

The plans for the Village Hall extension have been approved.

Bapchild PC objects to Science Park Expansion

An application for a 4 Ha expansion beyond the security fence has been submitted by the owners of the Kent Science Park. Given the precedent this application would create for the larger expansion proposals, including the massive housings numbers proposed for Bapchild, the Parish Council has decided to object.

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