CHICKEN FARM NEWS UPDATE
As you’ll recall, Fridays and their consultants have submitted more information in support of their planning application to develop Reed Court Farm on the banks of the SSSI River Beult into an industrial scale chicken farm.
WeLoveChainhurst is working through those documents and will submit a technical critique of the new information, but in addition to that we need your help again.
It is likely that this application will be decided by the Borough Councillors on the planning committee in April and its vital that they are reminded how much opposition there still is to this scheme.
So, now is the time to remind the planning team that you still object.
You can do this in the same ways as before -
Online : You’ll find the application here - https://pa.midkent.gov.uk/online-applications/centralDistribution.do?caseType=Application&keyVal=QKPYMJTYLJB00
By Email : email@example.com
Or by Post : Don’t forget to allow enough time for it to arrive in the post. The address and more detailed instructions are on our website
The deadline for the planning team receiving your objections is, we believe, March 20th.
More details on how to object, including a template objection, can be found here - https://www.welovechainhurst.co.uk/object-now
What you choose to say is of course up to you. Just reasserting your previous objection would work, but you may wish to say may about a particular aspect of the application that matters to you; Damage to the SSSI River Beult, risk of adverse affects on wildlife, traffic issues, footpaths being re-routed, what the site will look like in our countryside, flooding, there’s a long list to choose from!
As always, please get in touch if we can help with your objection.
Thanks for reading and continuing to support our campaign,
Parish Council Objection
Just a quick email to let you know that we’re still waiting to hear when the application for development of an industrial scale chicken farm in Chainhurst will be discussed by the Planning Committee. While we wait work is still going on behind the scenes by WLC and others who continue to object.
Take a look at this further objection (in addition to their original objection) lodged by Marden Parish Council and uploaded to the planning website today -
They’ve clearly highlighted why the proposal doesn’t meet the neighbourhood plan for Marden, the purpose of which is to direct development within the parish. They have made a multitude of clear points any one of which should be a reason for the application to be refused!
More news when we have it.
Thanks as always,
As I'm sure you're all aware, Fridays and DHA have submitted a significant amount of new information to Maidstone Planning in addition to their original application. If you've already objected, then you may well have received a letter from the Planning team letting you know that there is 30 days to respond. We've asked the planning officer to confirm the precise deadline, but the date looks to be in early May.
Our next steps are as follows -
We're currently working through the new information and will provide a detailed briefing document for local elected officials to help them understand the areas of the application that we still believe are an issue.
We'll provide a new draft objection letter so you can restate your concerns with the application to Maidstone Planning in light of the proposed changes.
We're planning to further engage with our external consultants to provide an independent expert view on some of the more technical aspects of the application as well as providing updated reports from the experts within our group.
So in summary -
We want you to object again so that the Borough Councillors who will decide whether the application should be approved are clear there are still significant concerns with multiple aspects of what's proposed.
Don't forget that it's not too late to donate more to the group's funds - the more money we have available, the more effort we'll be able to source from the consultants. Donate here if you can -
More news soon...
RECENT EMAIL CAMPAIGNS
We have been sending out email campaigns since the WeLoveChainhurst website and group of concerned residents was formed. The proposed giant chicken farm affects Chainhurst, Hunton, Marden, Yaldin, Collier Street and Staplehurst, and we really need everyone's support to reject the planning application when it is submitted.
If you have only just signed up to the website then you can read previous email campaigns here. Click on the text to open the campaign.