Proposed Modifications to the Thanet Local Plan

Document Section Main Modifications Chapter 3 - Housing strategy MM/035 MM/035 [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 217
Respondent Jonathan Tapp [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 27 Jan 2020
Comment

I farm the land around this site, and I grow potatoes every few years on this actual land. It is some of the very best land in the country for growing crops. It seems to me that the negative externalities are very large, for me and for those living nearby. The stock of capital assets will not be raised in line with this very large development, resulting in more crowding of our hospitals, roads, schools etc. Indeed I am supposed to provide land to improve the roads around this development, at agricultural rates but how can I replace this land? I cannot simply buy more nearby. Farming, which has been carried out here since the bronze age, is becoming more difficult, yet Thanet has for centuries been famous for its farming. This is being thrown away too lightly. This proposal is far too large; in order to meet a target sensible ideas have bloated and common sense has been eliminated. I object.

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