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LATEST: Homes plan at popular nursery site postponed

Friday 14th May 2021

A PLAN to demolish and replace a popular garden centre and nursery in Sutton Valence with 18 houses has been deferred.

The proposal to build a selection of detached, semidetached and terrace houses at Warmlake Nursery in North Street was delayed by Maidstone Borough Council’s planning committee.

Sutton Valence Parish Council said the redevelopment of this site is a “loss of a service to the community” and will create a “dormitory village”.

Cllr Eve Poulter said: “MBC has already allocated 125 new homes to Sutton Valence and most of these are not sustainable. This development appears to be one of the many wind pool sites that MBC is keen to have to fill their housing allocation.

“This development has been targeted for development for many years and is becoming a suburban sprawl.”

Cllr Wendy Young said the garden centre is used “extensively” and its loss would be a “real blow to the community".

She added the village is now left with two pubs and a pair of hairdressers. 

Cllr Ashleigh Kimmance argued there were other garden centres nearby, such as Pleasant View, in the area for residents to use.

Cllr Lottie Parfitt Reid said: “Once they are gone, they are gone and they will never come back. This whole area is just going to merge into one. All I see is concrete.”

The proposal was deferred to look at the overall development of the site.