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County Council report savages Tory Borough Council’s housing plans

April 29, 2014 4:38 PM

KCC's report on MBC's Local PlanKent County Council released their official response to Maidstone Borough Council's draft Local Plan this morning. It stated that the housing need of 19,600 being pushed for by Maidstone Council's Conservatives is "undeliverable and unsustainable and will diminish the quality of life for existing residents", largely echoing the objections that have been put forward by the Lib Dems locally over the past few months.

We welcome this well-researched and intelligent analysis of the choices needed to deliver a positive vision for Maidstone Borough's future evolution. Maidstone's four Lib Dem County Councillors were actively involved in its production.

We applaud KCC Leader Paul Carter's leadership and diplomacy in forging a cross-party consensus and for the positive engagement with the parishes in drawing-up this valuable contribution to the debate over Maidstone Council's Local Plan. The quality and hard work of KCC officers in producing this excellent document at such short-notice is also appreciated.

Our only hope is that the Tory Leader of Maidstone Council, Cllr. Garland, and his growth-at-any-cost colleagues begin to listen to people over the beauty of our countryside, the threat to our existing communities, and the fragility of our already over-stretched roads, railways, educational facilities, green spaces, health and water infrastructure.

Cllr. Fran Wilson, Leader of Maidstone Council Lib Dems commented: "I welcome this considered contribution from KCC and their positive engagement with partners. Sadly, I do not hold out much hope of the agressively pro-development Maidstone Council Conservative Group listening to common-sense even from their own County colleagues."

You can view the full report online.