21 October 2014
Local Greens have reacted with anger at plans to build on Fant Farm despite huge local opposition stretching back for many years. The Greens fought hard to get Fant Farm removed from the housing plan but the entire housing plan was rejected by Maidstone Borough Council and it has become open season for developers.
Ian McDonald, Prospective Green Party candidate for Fant Ward: "I was horrified to learn of the plans by Gleason Developments to press ahead with a scheme for 270 homes on Fant Farm, a beautiful green-field sit. This is in spite of highly publicised widespread local opposition to plans for new housing on this beauty spot and indeed on other Maidstone green sites, while so many more suitable "brown" sites exist.
"In Maidstone there is a real need for new homes especially social and affordable housing, however is is very doubtful that the Fant Farm development will be anything other than executive homes for the rich. There is more profit to be made from unhindered new housing developments on green fields than by making former commercial or built sites suitable for homes.
"This is especially sad given our previous campaign to get Fant Farm removed from the local housing plan. While we were partially successful, the Council has thrown the entire plan out, possibly with good intentions, but meaning there is now no plan at all! It seems to be open season for developers.
"The developers' plans include a "country park" on part of the site, but it would be smaller than the present area, and nothing like the present farmland and vistas. In any case the present infrastructure, schools, health centres, bus services and congested streets in Fant cannot support an increase in residential demand on the scale envisaged.
"We believe our Council should get their act together to ensure they do everything they can to stop this unwanted development from going ahead."
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