The agenda for Swale Borough Council’s Local Development Framework Panel meeting on 2 March includes a report on the consultation feedback to an Addendum to the ‘Masterplan’ for Queenborough and Rushenden, on the Isle of Sheppey.
The Addendum proposed some changes to the original Masterplan. These included the removal of a plan for a creekside marina, to be replaced with housing. Local residents who wanted to retain the marina had come up with an alternative plan.
The Addendum went out for consultation in November/December. There were 70 responses. These addressed various topics, but the majority of respondents were concerned about the loss of maritime heritage, objected to the loss of the marina, and supported the alternative plan.
The report recommends that the Addendum should be changed in response to the consultation feedback, with the creekside area being ‘safeguarded for future Creekside leisure, commercial and open space uses. This leaves open the possibility of the Alternative Marina Creek Plan being implemented once the promoters gain funding for their scheme.’
The alternative option of leaving the Addendum unchanged was rejected on the grounds that it would ignore the results of public consultation.
Compare and contrast:
▪ Queensborough and Rushdenden: 70 responses to one consultation, which could not be ignored.
▪ Faversham: hundreds of responses to successive consultations, which have been blatantly ignored.
▪ Queensborough and Rushenden: alternative proposals accepted on the possibility that they will be implemented when the promoters gain funding.
▪ Faversham: Town Council refused to countenance alternative proposals on the grounds that they could not demonstrate that they already had funding.