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BREAKING: Maidstone Local Plan Review passes by narrow majority

Wednesday 6th October 2021

The Maidstone Local Plan Review, which determines housing numbers in the borough, has been passed by a narrow majority tonight.
Despite a Liberal Democrat and Labour rebellion, the plan squeezed through by 26 votes to 23.
It means that the housing schemes at Lenham and Lidsing will proceed to the next stage.

Maidstone Borough Council needed to pass the LPR to satisfy Government housing requirements. The LPR commits MBC to 1,200 homes to be built each year.

The possibility of 5,000 houses at Lenham Heath remains alive as does 2,000 at Lidsing, near Medway. 

Three Boxley Tories, opposed to the houses at Lidsing, joined the rebels on the night.
A Lib Dem amendment to replace the Lidsing scheme with a revived housing plan in Marden was thrown out by Mayor Fay Gooch.
During a passionate debate lasting two and half hours, members of the protest groups sat in the hall, often heckling speaking members. It also commits land safeguards for the ongoing process of achieving a Leeds/Langley relief road.