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Together, we will aim to Educate Croudace Homes, MBC Planning
Authorities and Planning Committee of the Needs, Wants and
Desires of Allington Residents as they consider and finally decide
how to develop the site for our mutual benefit.
Together, we will advise them of what they cannot do if they
respect Public Opinion.
Together, we will oppose any unfair treatment of our Natural Green Space & Amenity.
Proposed development site showing boundaries
BBC News Kent 09-11-2013
Allington residents in protest march to save Bluebell Wood……. MORE
Planning Applications (MBC) 13/1749
We are not out of the Woods yet !!
The recent application was refused by both MBC and Tonbridge & Malling. Croudace will now go to Appeal because they firmly believe they will get a favourable decision from the Inspector because of the NPPF Regulations. Now is the time for you to voice your opinion…..! If we do not let Croudace know how we continue to feel about this development they will think we going to accept one of their schemes… VOICE YOUR OPINION
The leaflet from Barton Willmore is confusing. (we hope you agree?)
As a resident in this area NEITHER scheme is acceptable.
Scheme 3 - confusion over no of houses - they propose to build 420 PLUS 80 = 500... NOT just 80 houses.
Access road between the fields will cut across the ancient woodland - causing irretrievable damage.
Scheme 2 - no of houses will be 420 built in reservoir field - this number needs to be reduced.
No infrastructure in place in this area to cope with either scheme.
Too much traffic will be generated by this development into Hermitage Lane.
Neither schemes even mention MBC's requirement of a country park… (this will also safe guard future development in the lower fields…)
VISIT THE SCHEME WEBPAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION
YET MORE TRAFFIC CHAOS AND MISERY ON HERMITAGE LANE (12-06-17)
Hermitage Lane continues to be our daily dose of misery now that Croudace Homes have commenced their roadworks to create their junction and install yet more non intelligent traffic lights. Roadworks are due to continue into July it is understood.
All our journeys to work, home, school, hospital and just normal shopping trips etc are endlessly affected with delays by the blight of Hermitage Lane.
And it won't end here... The rest of 2017 and into 2018 and onwards to 2030 will see yet more developments being proposed along this corridor. boooo hissss !!!!
KCC highways have never objected to any traffic issues or imposed restrictions or mitigation measures for these developments. This proves to the people of Maidstone & Tonbridge & Malling that KCC are incompetent to the highest degree. How can they not see the devastation they are allowing to take place to our road network?
Pollution levels due to vehicle fumes have been measured in Hermitage Lane and already break EU regulations. Think what this is doing to our health and the health of future generations. The Lane cannot support any more vehicles.
Gallaghers quarry outputs ~900 vehicle movements alone per day and these types of lorries are the biggest source of pollutants on the roads today...
"NEXT STOP" is the new application (just in) for phase 2 of Croudaces site for another 119 houses on Hermitage Lane. Application ref 17/502767/REM refers. We all have until the 6th July to send our objections to MBC. See letter attached to this post. This application has been made in a calculated timescale as when it comes before planning committee in late July the holiday season will be upon us with the hope from Croudace that there will be a lack of interest and people present so they will obtain their required result with relative ease! How wrong is our planning system? How conniving, calculating and greedy are these developers?
ALL SUPPORTERS AGAINST THESE DEVELOPMENTS MUST ENSURE YOU PERSONALLY WRITE AND OBJECT. DON'T THINK SOMEONE ELSES VOICE WILL BE YOURS. EVERY RESIDENTS LETTER MATTERS... WRITE TODAY, WRITE RIGHT NOW..... YES NOW!
If you have your say then you can hold your head up high knowing you have done your bit of the process. No say = misery for all, so thank-you in advance for your objection letter to Gladman.
To object email: firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.planningportal.gov.uk using the reference 17/502767/REM
NAAG's OBJECT TO 840 MORE HOUSES IN HERMITAGE LANE (12-06-17)
READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
HERMITAGE LANE POLLUTION LEVELS BREAK EU GUIDELINES (08-02-17)
In November/December 2016 NAAGs commenced a project to monitor and record the Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) pollution levels along Hermitage Lane. Why? because no-one else was - and the developers use environmental air quality data from testing stations 5-10+ miles away and think that's OK. We thought differently about this and decided to perform our own tests at our own expense. The results were alarming, the results clearly demonstrate that the air we breath along Hermitage Lane breaks EU guidelines. And it is only set to get worse with the introduction of more vehicles due to over development of the locality. Traffic lights are the worst culprit of pollution on roads and Hermitage Lane will very soon look like the LAS VEGAS strip with all its traffic lights at intersections of housing entrances, and yet KCC highways still insist on traffic lights over self regulating roundabouts which are far more eco friendly and cost less to maintain. View the report here
RESIDENTS OF MAIDSTONE ARE NEEDED TO ATTEND THE TOWN HALL ON THE 8TH DECEMBER 2016. LEofHL GOES TO PLANNING COMMITTEE (03-12-16)
** E V E R Y O N E N E E D S T O A T T E N D **
In 2013 NAAG's unwittingly managed to delay the commencement of the planning meeting due to over 200 members of public staging a peaceful protest outside the town hall and then wanting to get into the council chamber to witness the meeting, a room that could only hold around 50 people. Chaos ensued for sometime until another overflow room was opened. This was quoted by the planning chairman as being the biggest audience he had seen in the town hall ever!
So NOW in 2016 we want to beat that number of 200 people and demonstrate to councillors, planning officers and executives that an even bigger volume of public opinion has gathered to protest against the forces the council and developers are placing on our lives... we do not live in a dictatorship, our opinion needs to be listened to and we will stand up and be counted. The accumulative effects development is having in our area of Allington and Hermitage Lane is catastrophic and totally without thought and consideration to those it impacts the most.
WE ARE NOT BEING LISTENED TO.
****** PEOPLE POWER WILL NOW SPEAK OUT ! ******
Where are when to attend?
Maidstone Town Hall, High Street, ME14 1TF
8-Dec-16 Arrive 5:30PM with banners for a peaceful protest outside the town hall before the meeting commences at 6pm.
Who should attend?
** Local residents of Allington, Barming, Aylesford and surrounding areas need to attend.
** Users of Hermitage Lane for commuting and pleasure need to attend.
** People concerned about the health of our children and future generations due to high pollution levels in Maidstone need to attend.
** Dog walkers, ramblers and countryside campaigners need to attend.
** People opposing over development of The Hermitage Lane corridor need to attend.
** Residents living in Tonbridge & Malling catchment area need to attend.
You must SHARE this post to help spread the message to our neighbourhood so everyone possible attends.
COMMUNITY SUNDAY WALK 20-NOV-2016 12PM (16-11-16)
Everyone is welcome to join us for a Community Walk. We shall meet at Barming Heath at 12pm this Sunday for a circular walk around the sites (existing & proposed) of Hermitage Lane.
This will be a chance for residents to meet their local councillors and to discuss how to express their views for commenting on the T&M local plan proposals.
If you are unable to attend but still wish to get in touch, please do. It is important that residents make their views known on the Housing, Highways, Public Transport, Open space and Landscape issues and the likely increase in air pollution.
PLEASE ACT NOW - THESE ARE THE ONLY EFFECTIVE WAYS YOU CAN HELP SAVE HERMITAGE LANE
The address for responses is: Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council Regulation 18 Local Plan Consultation, Planning Policy Manager, Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council, Gibson Building, Gibson Drive, Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent. ME19 4LZ.
Or The website address is
ACT NOW - a simple note /letter to make your voice heard.
This is an early consultation and a listening exercise by our neighbouring council. Please do act now. No one else will do it on your behalf and this is only official channel to make your voice heard. Please make a simple response/letter or no one else will.
DEVELOPERS WANT TO CLOSE OUR QUEENS ROAD CONVENIENCE STORE (07-11-16)
Once again a developer has seen an opportunity to build houses to gain profits at the expense of the local community by submitting a planning application to MBC to demolish the Payless Store, Queens Road and build 6 houses on the site.
This shop is the only convenience store in close proximity to several estates and properties in Queens Road. It is impractical to build even more houses in this area as Queens Road has been over developed in recent years and is becoming a rat run due to traffic trying to avoid the Hermitage Lane congestion as well as all the traffic generated by the schools.
For once planners should consider the needs of the existing residents, many of them elderly. Local Residents have set up a petition opposing this application and would ask that as many people as possible write :
Geoff Brown, Planning Dept,
Maidstone ME15 6JQ - quoting 16/507472 by 28 November 2016.
LEofHL ENFORCEMENT OFFICER DETAILS
MBC have allocated a dedicated building/development enforcement officer to the Croudace site 13/1749 (Land East of Hermitage Lane - aka LEofHL)
Please remain vigilant and report any acts of suspected planning breach and always take photo evidence.
Enforcement Officer: Sue King
Phone number: 01622 602809
Online reporting tool: http://www.maidstone.gov.uk/residents/…/planning-enforcement
HERMITAGE LANE TRAFFIC JAMS
SO FAR WE HAVE RECEIVED OVER 30,000 VIEWS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
STOP HERMITAGE LANE TRAFFIC JAMS CAMPAIGN
SIGN OUR ONLINE PETITION: https://www.change.org/p/new-allington-action-group-stop-hermitage-lane-traffic-jams-no-more-development-cc0d0c4a-ccef-4594-8701-0ad0d2ab5fe5
COMMENT AND SHARE ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE https://www.facebook.com/saveourbluebellwood/ ON HOW LONG YOUR JOURNEY TAKES FROM END TO END OF HERMITAGE LANE? MAKE THIS VIDEO GO VIRAL BY PEOPLE POWER!
THOSE ROAD USERS WHO LIVE IN ALLINGTON, BARMING & AYLESFORD OR VISIT MAIDSTONE HOSPITAL OR USE THIS ROUTE FOR THE SCHOOL RUN OR TO GET TO WORK ETC ETC WILL BE FOREVER IMPACTED BY BAD PLANNING DECISIONS.
THIS VIDEO WAS TAKEN AT 11AM ON 07/10/2016. TRAFFIC JAMS ARE THE NORM DURING THE DAY BEFORE THOUSANDS OF NEW HOUSES ARE EVEN BUILT AND OCCUPIED ALONG THIS CORRIDOR.
*** NO MORE DEVELOPMENT *** HAVE YOUR SAY AND VISIT THE MAIDSTONE TOWN HALL THIS COMING WEEK 11th/12th/13th OCTOBER TO VIEW AND COMMENT ON THE LOCAL PLAN BEFORE IT IS ADOPTED AND THEN TOO LATE...
MAKE THIS VIDEO GO VIRAL
#HERMITAGELANE #NOMOREDEVELOPMENT #PEOPLEPOWER
LEofHL RESERVED MATTERS PLANNING APPLICATION - COMMENT BY 19/10/2016
Croudace have submitted alterations to their Reserved Matters documents that all require re-reading and commenting on. James Bailey (Planning Officer) is quoted as being "very frustrated & annoyed" by this which has resulted in the planning meeting for 27/10 being postponed until 17/11 to give him time to read the amendments. (70% changes). GOOD WE SAY!
View these documents online at http://pa.midkent.gov.uk/online-applications and searching on application reference 13/1749
CLOSING DATE 19/10/2016
3000 HOUSES IN EAST MALLING
DID YOU KNOW TMBC WANT TO BUILD 2000-3000 HOUSES ON THE EAST MALLING RESEARCH CENTRE SITE AND A NEW BYPASS ROAD!
DID YOU READ OUR EXPOSÉ ON THE KCC, HIGHWAYS ENGLAND REVIEW OF THE M20 FOR THE MBC LOCAL PLAN EXAMINATION? WELL THESE FIGURES DO NOT INCLUDE THIS ADDITIONAL HOUSING NUMBER!
BECAUSE WE RESIDE ON THE BORDER BETWEEN 2 COUNCILS THAT ARE NOT JOINED UP INTERNALLY IT MEANS EACH BOROUGH COUNCIL DOES THEIR OWN THING IN TOTAL ISOLATION. THIS IS NOT GOOD FOR RESIDENTS AS WE SUFFER THE END RESULT OF POOR COMMUNICATIONS AND DECISIONS MADE WITHOUT ROBUST CONSULTATION.
WOULDN'T IT BE BETTER IF LOCALS RECEIVED THIS AS A COUNTRY PARK INSTEAD ?
THE TMBC LOCAL PLAN IS NOW BEING EXAMINED "The Way Forward consultation" AS THEY CALL IT AND IS AVAILABLE TO VIEW AND COMMENT ON UNTIL THE 25TH NOVEMBER 2016
CHECKOUT ALL THE INFO ON THE TMBC WEBSITE http://www.tmbc.gov.uk/…/plannin…/local-plan-the-way-forward AND MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD THAT WE WANT NO MORE DEVELOPMENTS IN THIS AREA OF NORTH WEST MAIDSTONE.
HOW TO RESPOND TO THE TMBC LOCAL PLAN CONSULTATION:-
ONLINE QUESTIONNAIRE - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ConsultationTMBC
EMAIL OR POST THIS FORM - http://www.tmbc.gov.uk/…/0004/242869/Reg18_Questionnaire.pdf
EMAIL - email@example.com
POST - Planning Policy Manager, Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, Gibson Building, Gibson Drive, Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent ME19 4LZ
PUBLIC EXHIBITIONS will take place at the following events:
Kings Hill Community Centre, Thursday 13 October, 11am to 2pm
Larkfield Leisure Centre, Friday 14 October, 10am to 1pm
Angel Centre, Tonbridge, Monday 17 October, 3pm to 6pm
Hadlow Village Hall, Tuesday 25 October, 10.15am to 1.15am
Aylesford Village Community Centre, Friday 28 October, 1.15pm to 3.45pm
Borough Green Village Hall, Tuesday 1 November, 4.15pm to 6.45pm
HERMITAGE LANE - ACCESS TO SITE
Under reserved matters Croudace have applied for access to the site off Hermitage Lane. Below is a copy of the planning letter you should of received from Tonbridge and Malling Council. (Ref TM/16/01522/RM). Go to their website to view the plans. www.tmbc.gov.uk/view-planning-applications
May we ask all local residents and supporters to ensure you submit your response to this application and include in your response that you consider the matter should not be decided by delegated powers and should instead go to the planning committee to decide.
Closing date is 18th June 2016.
Like this message once you have done yours?
LAST CHANCE SALOON
JUNE 2016 UPDATE
Dear Allington Resident - Sorry to NAG!
6th June 2016
Re: Land East of Hermitage Lane & Bluebell Woods
We sent this letter out on the 24th May and have had a great response from many local residents together with a good turn out at the roadshow held at the Mid Kent Shopping Centre in Allington last week. All your support is really appreciated. We need one last push of messages sent to Croudace from YOU and YOUR NEIGHBOURS to clearly show to Croudace our voice and passion for what happens with the Land East of Hermitage Lane & Bluebell Woods they want to develop into 500 houses.
Help further by forwarding this email now to all your Allington friends, relatives and neighbours.
Click on this blue link to send your message to Croudace NOW... CLOSING DATE 9TH JUNE 2016... (ONLY 3 DAYS LEFT TO HAVE YOUR SAY)
MAY 2016 UPDATE
OCTOBER 2015 UPDATE
CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL REPORT