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Community stand against 450 home plan

A local community has joined forces in order to help fight proposals to build 450 homes on an area known as “Medway’s green lung”.

An application lodged with Medway Council by the Attwood family seeks permission to build the properties on land at Gibraltar Farm on Ham Lane.

The proposed site plan for 450 houses on Gibraltar Farm
The proposed site plan for 450 houses on Gibraltar Farm

Campaign group Save Capstone Valley are concerned that the surrounding road infrastructure will not cope with an additional estimated 900 cars through Hempstead and Bredhurst.

A spokesperson for the group said, “There will be a significant increase in traffic and the roads, despite some proposed improvements, are not at all suitable to carry the increase in traffic.

“Furthermore, there are no proposed improvements to local services, including schools and medical facilities, which are already severely overburdened.

Land at Ham Lane. Photo: Alex Wade
Land at Ham Lane. Photo: Alex Wade

“There is the effect on the wildlife habitats as we know that skylarks and birds of prey are regularly seen in the area.”

A previous planning application on the site was thrown out when Medway Council refused to sell a plot of land which would have provided the main access to the development.

The application and its associated documents can be viewed on the Council’s planning website under the number MC/19/0336.

The consultation closes on Friday 15th March.