21 JAN 2015

MP backs residents in opposing Cripple Street & Postley Road Developments

Helen Grant to write to Chief Executive and Head of Planning at Maidstone Borough Council to strongly oppose plans

Helen Grant, Member of Parliament for Maidstone and the Weald, is supporting residents in opposing two proposed housing developments in the Loose area.

Helen was joined by local residents as well as representatives of the North Loose Residents' Association and the Valley Conservation Society to view the Greenfield sites.

The beautiful green fields, which are located off Cripple Street and Postley Road, are a habitat to wildlife and are cherished by locals who regularly use their footpaths. To add to this, Mrs Grant is fearful of the impact further housing would have on existing traffic congestion and further pressure on local infrastructure.

The MP for Maidstone and the Weald recently conducted an Outreach Survey of over one thousand residents in the most affected areas - with the majority of respondents against further building in the area.

Helen will be writing to the Chief Executive and Head of Planning at Maidstone Borough Council to strongly oppose the new developments.

Helen said:

"As the local MP I have been contacted by a number of constituents about the Cripple Street and Postley Road developments.

"I felt it necessary to gain a wider view of residents and my community outreach survey revealed overwhelming public concern about the developments.

"As I have said, I fully recognise the need for new housing in Kent, but we need the right numbers, in the right locations and only with the right infrastructure in place.

"These new developments do not meet these criteria and I will be strongly opposing the plans"

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