Huge Developments In Hermitage Lane

Plans to build 500+ houses on the reservoir field are forced through.

Plans to build 500+ houses on the reservoir field were turned down by the Borough Council. The developer (Croudace) appealed against this decision and, after a public enquiry, the development has been allowed by the Conservative Communities Minister, Greg Clark MP.

Sadly the approved scheme includes building on the south west corner of the site and driving a road through Bluebell Wood. This has been a bitter blow for the hundreds of residents who fought such a valiant campaign to protect the open space and the much- loved ancient woodland. Cllr. Bryan Vizzard commented “I am so proud of the strong community campaign fought on this issue. It is devastating that the Government Minister has ignored the wishes of local people and allowed the road to go through Bluebell Wood. We will continue to do all we can to minimise the ill-effects: the fight is not yet over.”

It is suggested that Maidstone and Tonbridge & Malling Councils are about to receive a cross-border planning application for more housing units on the western side of Hermitage Lane – and the site of the old Nurses Home is already being developed. What is going to happen when hundreds of vehicles from all these new homes begin to pour on to Hermitage Lane? The road, already busy and not infrequently gridlocked, is the only route to Maidstone Hospital.

Cllr Bryan Vizzard has committed himself and his fellow Lib Dem Councillors to work with the ‘Protect Hermitage Lane’ campaign and others to keep some green open space in the area and do all they can to avoid mounting traffic gridlock on this important link road.