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MBC Draft Local Plan Regulation 18 Consultation

Maidstone Borough Council is consulting on selected aspects of the Maidstone Borough Local Plan. The Local Plan is the council’s principal planning document which sets the framework to guide the future development of the borough to 2031. The sections included in the Maidstone Borough Local Plan Regulation 18 (October 2015) consultation relate to the following:

  • New, amended and deleted housing sites
  • New employment site
  • New Gypsy & Traveller sites
  • New public open space policy and open space allocations
  • Deleted Park & Ride sites
  • Landscapes of Local Value
  • New policy for care homes
For full details about the consultation including the consultation document and how to submit comments to the borough council go to  Reference copies of the plan are available in local libraries in Maidstone borough.  The Parish Office also has a reference copy.
The plan contains proposals for Staplehurst including:
  • New housing site allocation on land north of Henhurst Farm - Policy H1(68) on page 46 onwards
  • Further pitch allocations on gypsy & traveller sites at The Paddocks and Bluebell Farm, George Street - Policies GT1(13) & (14) on page 106 onwards
  • open space allocations at Hen & Duckhurst Farm, Fishers Farm and land north of Henhurst Farm - Policy OS1 (10-12) on pages 125-127

The consultation runs from 2nd October until 5.00pm on 30th October.

KCC Consultation on Care Homes for Older People

KCC has launched a public consultation about the future of four older care homes for older people in Kent, including the Dorothy Lucy Centre in Maidstone.  The consultation is open until 20th December.  To read about the consultation and how to respond go to

KCC Consultation on Street Lighting

Kent County Council has launched a public consultation about how it provides street lighting.  Next year KCC will start to convert its lights to LED technology which is more efficient and cheaper.  KCC is inviting residents to express an opinion about provision of part-night lighting and all night lighting, as well as about the dimming of lights.
To read more about the options and how to respond to the consultation go to  The consultation will close on 29th November.

KCC Consultation on Maidstone Gateway

Kent County Council has launched a public consultation about whether the Maidstone Gateway in King Street, Maidstone, is the right place from which to deliver its services.  The consultation will be open until 13th December.  To read about the services KCC delivers via the Gateway, the consultation and how to comment go to
The Gateway is also used by Maidstone Borough Council for its services which are not affected by the consultation.

Kent Fire & Rescue Service Chimney Safety Campaign

Kent Fire & Rescue Service has launched a campaign to encourage people to ensure their chimneys are kept clean and safe.  To read about the campaign go to and for the press release go to

North Down & Tomlin Close - Footway Resurfacing 23rd September Update

Kent Highways has advised that they will be resurfacing the footway in North Down and Tomlin Close commencing on 23rd September.  For further information contact Kent Highways on 03000 41 81 81 or visit the website at
KCC have advised that as part of the works it may be possible for residents to have a new vehicle crossing installed or an existing one widened at their own cost. For further information about this and the proposed works to the footpath please see here