Outline Planning Application for 250 dwellings at Hen and Duckhurst Farm, Marden Road
The following application is to be discussed at a planning meeting on Monday 1st September 2014 at 7pm South Hall, Village Centre, Staplehurst
Application Number: 14/502010/OUT
Proposal: Outline application for the erection of residential development for 250 dwellings with access and garaging with ACCESS CONSIDERED AT THIS STAGE AND ALL OTHER MATTERS RESERVED FOR FUTURE CONSIDERATION
Location: Hen and Duckhurst Farm, Marden Road
Please note this application is to consider access into the site from Marden Road only.
To view the application, including deadline dates for responses to MBC, please click on the following link:
MBC Consultation on Taxi Ranks in Town Centre
Maidstone Borough Council is currently reviewing taxi rank provision in the town centre and would like to hear your views on the current and future provision of ranks. It is considering two specific proposals:
The deadline for receiving responses is no later than 4.30pm on Friday 22 August 2014. Responses can be submitted by email to: email@example.com or by post:
1. Establishing permanent taxi rank bays in the lower High Street following completion of High Street redevelopment
2 Swapping the current taxi rank outside 'Lush' in the upper High Street/top of Gabriel's Hill with the disabled parking spaces outside NatWest on the opposite side of the road.
‘Taxi Rank Provision in Maidstone – Consultation’
Maidstone Borough Council
King Street, Maidstone, Kent ME15 6JQ
Environment Agency Flood Warning Area Consultation
The Environment Agency is proposing changes to the Flood Warning service to help communities prepare for flooding. It is designating as a specific area the River Beult from Bethersden and Pluckley to Stilebridge with the aim of making warnings more relevant to local communities.
Before implementation of the proposals the Agency is asking people what they think. To read more about proposed Flood Warning area click on the links below:
To register to receive flood warnings please call Floodline on 0345 988 11 88 or 0845 988 11 88 or register on-line at www.gov.uk/environment-agency
Mid Kent Planning Partnership
Following the recent partnership between Maidstone, Swale and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council's planning administration departments, there have been a number of issues using the new planning website including a delay in loading documentation onto the site. To comment on a planning application using e-consultation, all residents must register to use the facility. Please click on the following link to access the site: http://pa.midkent.gov.uk/online-applications
Kent Police & Crime Commissioner Consultation
The Kent Police & Crime Commissioner has launched a survey to gather people's views on dealing with low-level crime and anti-social behaviour. To read more and have your say go to http://kent-pcc.gov.uk/annbarneskpccpoll.html.
Printed copies of the survey can be requested from the Commissioner’s office by calling 01622 677055 or by writing to the Office of the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, South Block, Kent Police Headquarters, Sutton Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 9BZ.
Plans for Parish-Owned Street Lights
Over the coming weeks a programme of works is to take place to the parish-owned street lights. Some lights will be decommissioned, others will be replaced with new lamps and LED lighting and will be converted to part-night lighting, and some new columns will be introduced.
A review of all 30 parish-owned street lights has been undertaken by the Parish Council, in conjunction with Kent Highways Street Lighting Engineers, following the 'Safe and Sensible' street lighting initiative by KCC to save energy and reduce costs.
After careful evaluation, and taking into account the advice received from Kent Highways Engineers, the Parish Council has decided to take action on its lights. KHS have been engaged to undertake the necessary work. This will take place alongside the work to implement part-night lighting to KCC lights to minimise any disruption.
Old and inefficient lights at Marden Road, Chapel Lane and Cross-at-Hand are to be decommissioned.
Lights at Maidstone Road are to be upgraded to KCC standards and will be converted to part-night lighting. Maintenance of these lights will remain the responsibility of the Parish Council.
The lights on Headcorn Road will be upgraded to KCC standards and two new columns will be installed between existing columns, with a view to these lights being adopted by KCC. These lights will not be converted to part-night lighting.
The existing lights on Nicholson Walk will be converted to part-night lighting and will remain the responsibility of the Parish Council.
The old and inefficient lights on Crowther Close will be replaced with new columns and upgraded lanterns, to KCC standards, and converted to part-night lighting. KCC will take responsibility for these lights.
The lights illuminating the Village Sign on the High Street will be removed.
For further information please contact the Parish Council.
Post-Flood Support UPDATE JUNE 2014
UPDATE JUNE 2014
MBC has extended the deadline for applying for relief from council tax and business rates (see below) to 1st September 2014.
Further to the Government announcement reported below Maidstone Borough Council has published details of how residents and businesses affected by flooding between 1 December 2013 and 31 March 2014 may apply for relief from council tax and business rates. Applications must be submitted by 30th June. To view the information and obtain application forms go to the MBC website at http://www.maidstone.gov.uk/residents/christmas-and-winter/severe-weather-updates
The Government has announced measures to support businesses and residential properties affected by recent flooding:
a) The repair and renewal grant
b) Business rates flooding relief
c) Council tax discounts
d) Business support scheme.
Temporary Road Closure – Bell Lane, Staplehurst – from 18 August 2014 for up to 5 days
There will be no access for through traffic between the junctions with A229 High Street to Jaggard Way.
The alternative route is via A229 High Street, Offens Drive and Jaggard Way.
The closure is to enable carriageway repairs to be carried out by KCC Highways.
Temporary Road Closure – Clapper Lane, Staplehurst – from 18 August 2014 for up to 2 days
The road will be closed from Lindridge Lane to Orchard House.
The alternative route is via Marden Road and Lindridge Lane.
The closure is necessary to replace a telegraph pole and connections to be carried out by UK Power Networks.
Temporary Road Closure – Marden Road, Staplehurst – from 26 August 2014 for up to 4 days
The whole length of the road will be closed.
The alternative route is via Battle Lane, Howland Road, B2079 Maidstone Road, A229 Staplehurst Road/Maidstone Road/Station Road.
The closure is to enable carriageway patching, high friction surfacing and signage works to be carried out by KCC Highways.
Temporary Road Closure – Pinnock Lane, Staplehurst – from 1 September 2014 for up to 5 days
The whole length of the road will be closed.
The alternative route is via Five Oak Lane, Five Ash Lane, Pagehurst Road, Marden Road and A229 Cranbrook Road. The closure is to enable carriageway repairs to be carried out by KCC Highways
Pagehurst Road Temporary Closure from 22nd September
Pagehurst Road will be closed from Marden Road for approximately 100 metres for up to two weeks from 22nd September.
The alternative route is via Marden Road and Park Road.
The closure is to enable drainage improvement works and clearance of ditches to be carried out by KCC Highways.
Closure of Willington Street Maidstone 24 July to 2 September
Willington Street will be closed from A274 Sutton Road to A20 Ashford Road from 24th July until 2nd September, 24 hours a day.
The alternative route is via A20 Ashford Road, A249 Wat Tyler Way/Mote Road, A229 Upper Stone Street/Loose Road and A274 Sutton Road. The diversion route for over height vehicles avoiding the low railway bridge is via A20 Ashford Road, New Cut Road, A249 Sittingbourne Road/A249 Wat Tyler Way/Mote Road, A229 Upper Stone Street/Loose Road and A274 Sutton Road.
The closure is to enable carriageway resurfacing to be carried out by KCC Highways.
For further details visit http://www.kent.gov.uk/roads-and-travel.