Boughton Monchelsea Parish Council
MAIDSTONE BOROUGH COUNCIL LOCAL PLAN REVIEW CONSULTATION
Are you happy with an increased level of new housing development in Boughton Monchelsea village based on our population, services and facilities?
If not, read on and respond to Maidstone Borough Council’s Local Plan Review consultation. Have your say while you have the opportunity.
Maidstone Borough Council (MBC) already have a Local Plan in place and reviewing this means that they will continue to have a Plan that is fit for purpose into the future. The Local Plan Review will look ahead to at least 2037.
The consultation opened on Friday 19 July and closes on Monday 30 September 2019
As part of the Local Plan Review, MBC will review the hierarchy of settlements by looking at available services and facilities. In the adopted Local Plan, the current hierarchy is as follows :
1. Maidstone town
2. Rural Service Centres - Marden, Staplehurst, Headcorn, Harrietsham, Lenham.
3. Larger Villages - Sutton Valence, Boughton Monchelsea, Yalding, Coxheath, Hollingbourne
4 New Garden Communities – The Government defines ‘garden villages’ as being of between 1,500 and 10,000 homes and ‘garden towns’ as being of 10,000+ homes .
All five ‘Larger Village’ settlements are considered sustainable locations for limited new housing development based on an analysis of population, services and facilities.
Within the current Local Plan, MBC identified the locations for 17,660 homes in the borough with a delivery rate of 883 homes per year. As part of the review they need to uplift this to approximately 1,236 homes per year from 2022 onwards, a 40% increase. The ‘Larger Village’ share of this uplift will be a significant number of additional homes over the plan period to 2037, over and above those already allocated.
This is a chance for you to have your say. You don’t have to respond to all the consultation questions but question TQ10 is of particular relevance :
TQ10 Do you think there should be changes to the current settlement hierarchy? If yes, what evidence do you have for your answer?
You can view the consultation documents and respond online via https://maidstone-consult.objective.co.uk/portal/ or you can print off and complete the response form and send it to Strategic Planning, Maidstone Borough Council, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6JQ or email to firstname.lastname@example.org Responses must be received by 5pm on Monday 30th September.
Your comments will be published on MBC’s consultation portal so you can view your comments and those made by others. Your name will be published but other personal data (such as addresses) will not. You will not receive a bespoke response to your comments but MBC will consider each comment they receive and take these into account as the Local Plan Review is progressed.
PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO RESPOND TO THE CONSULTATION … HAVE YOUR SAY
Boughton Monchelsea Neighbourhood Plan
Over the last few years local people have been helping shape the future of the parish through the development of a Neighbourhood Plan for Boughton Monchelsea.
We recently consulted on the draft Neighbourhood Plan, to make sure it reflects the issues which matter to local people, in a way which meets the legal requirements for neighbourhood plans.
The consultation started on Friday 26th April 2019 and ended on Friday 7th June 2019.
There was a short presentation on the draft neighbourhood plan at the Annual Parish Meeting on Tuesday 21st May in the village hall.
You can view the draft neighbourhood plan below.
This consultation was the first part of the formal process which we hope will lead to the Plan becoming part of Maidstone Borough Council’s planning policies. As well as consulting residents we also consulted with the Borough and County councils as well as other organisations such as Natural England and the Environment Agency.
Your comments forms are now being reviewed and we will make any necessary changes to the Plan before submitting it to Maidstone Borough Council, who will arrange a further consultation followed by examination by an independent examiner. If the examiner is satisfied that the Plan meets all the legal requirements there will be a referendum of local people, and if the Plan is approved by the local community (51% of those who vote need to be in favour of the Plan) it will become part of Maidstone Borough Council’s planning policies and have weight in planning law when the Borough Council are deciding planning applications.
This may seem a complex process, but it is set out in national planning law and regulations to make sure that Neighbourhood Plans are properly considered and can have real status in making local planning decisions.
On behalf of the Parish Council can I thank you again for your input to date, and I hope we can rely on your continued input and support in progressing and getting our Neighbourhood Plan adopted, thus allowing us to properly influence and manage any future development in our parish.
Cllr Doug Smith
Chairman of Boughton Monchelsea Parish Council Planning Commit
Boughton Monchelsea comprises two wards, north and south. South ward consists of the village and outlying rural areas, including the hamlets of Wierton, The Quarries, Marlpit, Cock Street and Rabbits Cross. North ward comprises the newer developments off Brishing Lane and the new housing site at Langley Park.
Boughton Monchelsea Parish Council is the first tier of local government, with 15 Councillors. 11 of the members serve south ward and 4 serve the north. We meet every other month, usually at 7pm on the first Tuesday of the relevant month. We also hold regular Planning Committee meetings. Both Council and planning meetings are open to the public and press.
The Parish Council represents the local community, delivers services to meet local needs and aspires to improve quality of life for all our parishioners.