Swale’s new Local Plan
What should the priorities be for Faversham? What development is needed to create new jobs? How much new housing, and where should it be? Is there really a need for housing around the creek? Are there better places for it? Or do we not need it at all?
Swale Borough Council is planning Faversham’s future in its revised Local Plan (formerly called “Bearing Fruits”). The new version is out for consultation until 30 September.
There is information on the Council website, and copies available to view at Faversham Library and at the Council offices in the Alexander Centre. There will also be an exhibition of the plan at Faversham West Community Centre, Bysing Wood Road, from Tuesday 24 September until 2pm on Friday 27 September (though it will be unmanned so there will be no opportunity to ask questions).
Lady Dane / Love Lane development
Under the original local plan, a development proposal by the Vinson Trust for land to the east of Love Lane was Swale’s “preferred option” for strategic employment and housing allocation in Faversham, and this was confirmed by the consultation on the plan in May 2012. But under the revised plan, for reasons which are not explained, the preferred option is now the former gravel site at Oare.
Is this a move in the right direction?
The Vinson Trust proposal will be on show at a public exhibition in the Alexander Centre this weekend (from 5pm – 7:30pm on Friday 13 September, and 10am – 1pm on Saturday). The plan includes offices, housing – including 56 affordable homes, over a third of the total – a sports ground, children’s play area, managed parkland and allotments. In terms of location, transport links, infrastructure, lack of flood risk and type of housing and facilities, is this a better option than housing development around the creek or at Oare? Drop in to the exhibition and see what you think.