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Lenham could be hit with 5,000 new homes in council's call for sites

Monday 27th January 2020

Lenham could be hit with up to 5,000 extra houses in one hit as the Maidstone Borough Council's "call for sites" reaches its conclusion.
Daily Downs Mail understands a proposal favoured by officers at Liberal Democrat-led Maidstone Borough Council would see a "garden village" scheme, possibly at or near Lenham Heath for 2,500 - 5,000 new houses.
It would, fear critics, turn an historic village into a small town.
The call for sites asks devlopers and landowners to put forward ideas for developments in the future to satisfy the need for 8,000 extra homes over and above the 17,600 the borough must absorb in its Local Plan.
But the proposals do not mean that they will emerge as realities.
One MBC insider said: "Lenham is seen as a good spot as it has links via rail and road. The officers have it near the top of the list."
The scheme would cause fewer political headaches as both local councillors, Tom and Janetta Sams, are independents.
The husband and wife team, who are respected and well-liked locally, are likely to be at the forefront of opposition to the plans.
Cllr Tom Sams, who spoke passionately about the scheme to a closed session of Maidstone Borough Council's policy and resources committee last evening, was unavailable for comment today.
The call for sites, which has seen a flurry of submissions in recent weeks from across the borough, ends tomorrow (May 24) at 5pm.