Campaigners get ready to fight 310 home development in Faversham’s countryside
PUBLISHED: 08:34 06 August 2015 | UPDATED: 09:35 06 August 2015
Rural campaign group CPRE Kent says the development is in totally the wrong place
Countryside campaign group CPRE Kent has been left furious after a new development was proposed near Faversham.
The charity says that the plans for a 100 bed hotel, and over 300 new homes on land at Perry Court Farm would be an incursion into open countryside, branding them ‘urban sprawl’.
The site lies some way from Faversham’s urban boundary, on valuable Grade 1 agricultural land, which CPRE Kent says will be needed to produce food in the future.
Brian Lloyd, senior planner at CPRE Kent, said: “We fail to see how a site, significantly detached from the existing town, would contribute to the current compact nature of Faversham. It is an illogical and arbitrary incursion of the town into the open countryside.”
The town has so far managed to avoid sprawling into open countryside - the charity says that if given the green light, this proposal may encourage further development spilling out of Faversham.
The agricultural nature of the land is also a concern for CPRE Kent. The charity says that the 30 hectare site is the most valuable, and productive type of land - Grade 1. That means crops grown on it are likely to yield the maximum amount of food possible. CPRE Kent says that type of land is particularly important for food security to feed a growing population.
The charity also say that the application will undermine the local plan making process.
Mr Lloyd said: “It is a deliberate attempt to pre-empt and undermine the emerging Local Plan by seeking to secure the development of a site that is not allocated in the adopted Local Plan and has been rejected by the Council for inclusion in the new Local Plan.”
The agent which is working on the development is Barton Willmore.
It says that the proposal will create much needed homes, as well as delivering significant levels of job growth. It says that up to 1,000 jobs could be created at the new ‘business hub’.
The developer also argues that it is the best location in the area.
On a special website created to promote the development, it says: “Perry Court is the best place in Faversham for a business centre that will provide an attractive environment for local businesses wishing to expand and to attract new employers.
“Its location next to the junction six of the M2 will appeal to businesses, and avoid the need for significant amounts of traffic to pass through the town. No other location in Faversham offers the same opportunity to provide a variety of good quality space for employers in a location that is easily accessed from the town and from the motorway. The proposed development at Perry Court will provide space for local businesses to grow and will attract new employers to Faversham.”