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The Councils lack of planning leads to an uncertain future

The Council has had to concede during a recent planning application that its current Local Plan cannot effectively protect the future alignment of the Northern Relief Road because there is currently no approved route and the policy drawn up for the up and coming LDF (Local Development Framework) which seeks to protect an area of search for the road is also unenforceable until the LDF is adopted.

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Site Meeting for Hempstead Farm Expansion

Following last weeks Planning Committee a site meeting has been arranged for Monday 10 December 2012 at approximately 10:00 am.

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Backing for expansion plait at farm

A FARMING business's expansion plans have been backed by a Swale council planner. GH Dean and Co has applied to build an extra fruit store and storage shed at its headquarters in Hempstead Lane, Tonge.

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Thief to pay back just £2k

A TRUSTED employee who stole almost £68,000 from a family-run hotel will have to pay back just 3.3% of what she took.

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School is showing progress after its 'Inadequate' report

A VILLAGE school is making "satisfactory" progress in making improvements after Oftsed gave it the lowest possible rating. Bapchild and Tonge School was deemed "inadequate" following an inspection in February and was given an official notice to improve.

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Lights, camera, action! Bapchild goes on film

A VILLAGE on the edge of Sittingbourne found itself in the spotlight when a film crew arrived to shoot scenes for a TV drama.

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Time for a new transport strategy

Recently there has been an explosion of coverage regarding the perilous state of our transport network, and rather unsurprisingly local politicians have resorted to a relay of tit-for-tat letters each accusing the other of failing the public.

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Failure to finish road 'irresponsible'

Failing to complete the NRR is irresponsible and once completed would put additional pressure for the construction of the SRR.

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No plans to tackle worst congestion

NO CHANGES are going to be made to the Stockbury roundabout in the near future, the Highways Agency has warned. Traffic congestion at the A249 and M2 junction is among the worst in Kent and Gordon Henderson MP said it should be tackled as a priority.

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Swale housing targets to be re-evaluated

Swale council has been forced to re-evaluate its Core Strategy targets after doubts were raised over whether enough homes had been proposed to house the workforce required to fill the new jobs.

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