There is already a lot of information from Berkeley Homes and TMBC in the public domain through both Berkeley Homes website and their ‘scoping notes’ published on TMBC’s planning portal.
Apart from the obvious question ‘’is a 900 new homes development on good quality farmland really needed?’’, the following are areas for contention by B.A.G.
1) An access road running from West Malling station approach, across virgin farmland, cutting through Springetts Hill ridge and dissecting an officially designated Conservation Area to provide the main access to this development. Conservation Areas are "designated" by the Local Authority to recognise the area's special character and to protect part of the local heritage. Broadwater Farm and New Barns Conservation area was designated in 1993 and had particular reference to the views from Broadwater Road toward New Barns and from New Barns towards Broadwater Farm.
ANY access Road across this area WILL be detrimental to these views.
2) The blocking-off of Pikey Lane and the Southern part of Broadwater Road to allow development of land North of Pikey lane as school and sports facilities will certainly affect the traffic loading on Well Street and Broadwater Road.
3) The encouragement of recreational use (walking, cycling, riding etc) of these closed lanes despite the extra traffic already generated by 2, above, and other developments, could have major safety implications.
4) The potential for a ‘second phase’ of development in years to come.
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