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LENHAM HEATH: Residents organise walk over Lib Dem council's 5,000 homes plan

Friday 8th November 2019

RESIDENTS opposed to Maidstone Borough Council's plan to build 5,000 houses at Lenham Heath will hold a walk later this month.

Pressure group Save Our Heath Lands have organised the ramble to "show MBC that our countryside is not the right place" for the large scale development.

MBC now styles itself as a "master developer" and is in the process of trying to obtain large tracts of land from the owners, many of whom have been forced to sign non-disclosure agreements.

Some, who do want to sell their properties, fear that the Liberal Democrat-led council will force the sale via compulsory purchase orders (CPOs). 

MBC claims: "The intention would be to agree terms on a negotiated basis. Regardless, no firm decisions in respect of the overall proposal have been made. However, the CPO legal  process has an embedded compensation rights mechanism.”

An organiser said: "We want to show MBC we are a strong community, not just Lenham and Lenham Heath but all our neighbouring villages (Charing Heath, Charing, Egerton, Boughton Malherbe, Platts Heath and Harrietsham).  Our Heath community is united."

 

 

FACTFILE

Date: Sunday 17th November 2019

Time: 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Location:

Charing Heath and Lenham Heath Memorial Hall

Charing Heath,Church hill, Ashford,Kent, TN27 0BU

 

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