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HOUSING: Historic East Farleigh must be kept special - campaigner

Friday 17th January 2020

A CONSERVATIVE candidate in May's borough council elections has backed residents in East Farleigh in their fight to protect the village from over-development.
If permitted by Maidstone Borough Council (MBC), potential plots would triple the number of houses in their Domesday Book riverside community from about 650 to more than 2,000.
They would also add massively to traffic problems on their narrow country lanes, already seriously gridlocked at times.
A recent, packed meeting of concerned residents heard the parish council's principal objections, including maintaining green spaces and traffic congestion.
Cllr. Glyn Charlton said: “Your (parish) council will strenuously defend East Farleigh against over development. A thorough plot-by-plot assessment will be formulated and professionally packaged.”
This was echoed by Conservative borough council candidate Simon Webb, of Hunton, who said: “We must keep our villages special. I strongly object to this historic village being joined with Tovil on one side and Fant on the other. It’s too much.
"If I am lucky enough to be elected, I will do all I can to prevent any of this from happening. There is too much pressure on East Farleigh as it is."