HOMES: Indy councillors narrowly lose bid to extend housing plan deadline
Thursday 9th December 2021
TWO independent councillors passionately opposed to 5,000 potential homes at Lenham Heath have lost a bid to give the public more time to comment on the council's plans for massive housing growth.
Cllrs Tom and Janetta Sams say six weeks is insufficient to mull over the council's proposed government-imposed allocation until 2037.
Maidstone Borough Council (MBC) is saddled with government targets which could mean 1,200 new homes each year.
Last night, the Sams narrowly lost a vote 28-22 to extend the deadline until January 4..
The ruling Tory administration claims the timings are tight for the government's Regulation 19 decision, which ensures the council retains it planning powers, and the deadline of December 12 must be adhered to.
Leader David Burton told full council last evening: "Any delay increases the risk. We can't dare to go there."
Labour's Cllr Margaret Rose said that the consultation "deserves the widest range of views, which is what democracy is all about".
Tory councillor for Boxley, opposed to the 2,000 house development proposal at lidsing, said that older residents "say they do not have the benfits of the internet".
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