09 FEB 2015

Campaigners win another battle in the fight to save Fant Farm from housing development

Helen Grant MP and local residents stand firm

Maidstone, Kent, 07-02-15: Following a huge effort from local people working together with their MP and Ward Councillors, the Cabinet of Maidstone Borough Council removed Fant Farm from the local plan last week.

Hundreds of emails were sent to Officers and Planning Committee members from residents objecting to the land being included for housing development consideration. Helen Grant also undertook a survey of over 3000 households which showed a massive 96% of respondents were unhappy about the prospect of development at Fant Farm.

The Survey also found 61% were worried about increased traffic congestion, 51% were concerned about the lack of infrastructure to support more housing and 54% expressed concerns over the effect on wildlife and agriculture.

Writing to the Council, and to prospective developers Gleeson Homes, Mrs Grant said:

'Since I was selected to stand for Parliament here in 2008, and as the MP for Maidstone & the Weald since 2010, I have become very familiar with Fant Ward, the issues it faces and the needs of its residents. Fant Farm in particular has always been a special place at the heart of this community and I understand and fully support the concerns my constituents have raised'.

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