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Ukipper Eddie Powell: why I turned down Woodcut Farm

Friday 27th January 2017

A member of the planning committee which turned down the proposal for industrial units at Woodcut Farm on the A20 near Bearsted said he did so because the roads could not cope.

The site remained in the Local Plan and the borough council today confirmed an appeal has been lodged to overturn the decision.

Ukip's Eddie Powell - whose vote against swung the development's fate last summer -  said: "I had concerns about the roads and how they'd cope. I thought there was going to have to be serious work done to the A20 to make it fit for purpose and I couldn't see where the money was going to come from.

"I cannot judge how I will feel about another proposal until another application is put in, if the appeal is successful. But those concerns remain."

Maidstone Borough Council, said Cllr Powell, needs to demonstrate it can create jobs to justify the massive house-building programme.