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Bovis Homes Planning Application Submitted for Land North of Headcorn Road

MBC has posted on its website details of a full planning application by Bovis Homes for 167 homes at Land North of Headcorn Road, Staplehurst. To view the documents relating to the application click on the link and key 14/505432 into the search field.
The Parish Office has not yet received any hard copy documents nor has it been advised of the consultation period dates (* see update below).  Within that period the Parish Council will need to consider the recommendation it will make to MBC.  The Parish Council's next meeting is on Monday 1st December.  Please check for further information about this and all Parish Council meetings in the published agendas at
Please note MBC will make the decision on this application. If you have any comments they should be submitted to MBC via its website or to Mid Kent Planning Support, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone ME15 6JQ, email:  Please quote the application reference 14/505432 in your comments.
Please copy comments to the Parish Office to help inform the Parish Council’s own consideration of the application.
* UPDATE: MBC's consultation period runs for three weeks until 11th December.  The Parish Council will consider its recommendation at its scheduled Full Council meeting on 1st December in the South Hall, Staplehurst Village Centre.

Neighbourhood Plan Event Posters in Staplehurst Library

Posters displayed at the Neighbourhood Plan event on 12th November can be viewed in Staplehurst Library during the usual opening hours.  A large copy of the draft Staplehurst Neighbourhood Plan is also available there for reference.
Posters, plan and a copy of the draft consultation statement can also be viewed on-line at  Comments may still be sent to

Temporary Road Closure A229 High Street Staplehurst Starts 5th January

Temporary Road Closure – A229 High Street, Staplehurst – from 5 January 2015 for up to 3 nights between 19.00hrs and 23.00hrs

There will be no access for through traffic between the junctions with Offens Drive and Church Green.

The alternative route is via A229 High Street/Cranbrook Road/Rocks Hill, A262 The Street/Sissinghurst Road/High Street, A274 North Street/Headcorn Road/Biddenden Road/Wheeler Street/Station Road/High Street/North Street/Mill Bank/Maidstone Road/Headcorn Road/North Street/Maidstone Road, B2163 Plough Wents Road/Heath Road, A229 Linton Hill/Staplehurst Road/Maidstone Road/Station Road.
The closure is to enable carriageway works to be carried out by KCC Highways.  

KCC Highways, Transportation & Waste Survey

KCC Highways, Transportation & Waste has commissioned BMG, an independent market research company, to undertake a door-to-door survey from Saturday 15 November until the end of December. 
BMG Canvassers will present to residents: Photo Identification Card; Letter of Authority from KCC; KCC Highways, Transporation & Waste Business Card; FAQ Business Sheet
Surveys should take around 10mins to complete. The purpose of the survey is to find out your views on: Roads and pavements in Kent; Local transport provision and infrastructure; Waste Management services
contact BMG Research on 0800 358 0337 to ask questions about the survey or to verify a BMG Research Interviewer.

Shadow Helen Grant MP Competition 2014

Helen Grant MP, Minister for Sport and Tourism and MP for Maidstone and the Weald, has launched a competition to give young people a chance to:
  • get to know their MP
  • visit Parliament
  • witness House of Commons debates at first-hand
  • gain work experience alongside MPs, Government Ministers and local Councillors
  • and take a front row seat on the campaign journey to the General Election on May 7th 2015.

All finalists will be offered a day of Westminster work experience - subject to availability and Parliamentary timetables.

Entrants must be aged between 16 and 18 in November 2014 and live, or attend school, within the boundaries of the Parliamentary Constituency of Maidstone and The Weald. Click here to check the map.
To apply: links for application forms and guidance notes are at the foot of the home page at, or email, or write to ‘Shadow Helen 2014', Helen Grant MP, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. Telephone enquiries to 020 7219 7107.

Extended deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 30th November 2014.

Kent Police Crime Prevention Message

Kent Police has launched a new campaign focused on measures people can take to reduce the risk and impact of being burgled.  For full information visit the Kent Police website at

KCC 2015-16 Budget Consultation

Kent County Council has launched a public consultation about its draft budget plans for 2015-16.  It estimates it will need to find £206m of savings due to reduced levels of government funding and additional spending demands on its services.
The consultation is open until 17.00 on 28th November 2014.  Full information including details of how to respond can be found at

Emotional Wellbeing Strategy Consultation

The Kent Children’s Health and Wellbeing Board (which draws together partners including Clinical Commissioning Groups, Kent County Council Education and Young People’s Services, Social Care Health & Wellbeing, District Councils, and Voluntary and Community Sector groups) has been working to develop a new draft Emotional Wellbeing Strategy for children, young people and young adults (0-25) in Kent.

Part 1 of the draft strategy sets out four key outcomes – Early Help, Access, Whole Family Approaches and Recovery and Transition – which have been identified by children, young people and families in initial consultation exercises as being key to improving the offer and overall experience of support around emotional wellbeing. A fifth ‘overarching’ outcome will centre on promoting emotional well-being at every developmental stage and level of need.

The Board has launched a consultation to ask people what they about the strategy. Full details including how to respond are available at The consultation runs until 5th January 2015.