Proposed Modifications to the Thanet Local Plan

Document Section Main Modifications Chapter 3 - Housing strategy MM/034 MM/034 [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 103
Respondent Gary Fowler [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 23 Jan 2020

petition against the building of 1,600 houses on grade 1 agricultural land in Birchington

i attended the public consultation event run by Ptarmigan Land and Millwood Homes on the 04th October 2019. They presented this to my mind as a done deal, this is before the final consultation for the local plan is finalised and without any planning permission being applied for.
There are numerous reasosn why this development should be rejected that are listed in the petition header as below

This will mean an additional 4,800 residents in a village of 10,000 residents, we would lose all the characteristics of a vilage. 

Reasons i am against this development

There are over 800 empty houses in thanet, these should refurbish first.

The land is  grade 1 agricultural land when further to the west is grade 2 and 3.

Birchington primary school has an intake of 90 and is one of the most oversubscribed schools in thanet with 152 application's

21 % of birchington is over 65 and that means an already stretched medical service with birchington medical centre already defined by CQC as requiring improvement.

The population of birchington is already 10,000 people with an average of 3 people per household we would estimate 4800 more people living here, this is almost a 50% increase with no infrastructure improvements.

Promises 13 hectres of parkland when its already miles of countryside and paths which are used for recreation purposes.

The unemployment rate in thanet is 5.4% thats double the kent rate of 2.7%.where are all these extra jobs coming from ?

The petition has been running since mid October 2019 and is still open and attracting a lot of support as of this morning there are 3391 signatures collected via and door to door signatures. 

The link to the petition is below

I have also attached a pdf of the signatories and their comments, it would be appreciated if you could take time to review the comments and take them into consideration for the local plan development due to  strength of feeling against this develpoment  that would be fundamentally detrimental to Birchington for the reasons outlined above and as you will see from the comments made by your voters.