Make no mistake, the proposal to build houses on the land off Gateway Avenue in Baldwins Gate has NOTHING to do with providing much needed houses, low-cost housing, or improving the village. Rather, it has everything to do with MONEY and POLITICS!



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Application for approval of reserved matters.

Application 15/01106/REM

Despite there being no need for so many houses in Baldwins Gate, Richborough Estates applied for permission to build 113 houses on the field at the end of Gateway Avenue. Throughout the planning process, attention was drawn to many problems of this site and location but all were countered by Richborough's agents, Hourigan Connolly.

The solutions they put forward to resolve the problems did NOT resolve them and this was accepted by the Planning Committee members who unanimously rejected the application. Richborough took this to appeal on the basis that the Borough could not demonstrate a 5-year housing land supply. We disputed this as the targets that the planners were aiming for were way too high and had not been updated. Even the Council's barrister argued this point but the Inspector disagreed and granted permission BUT HE INSISTED ON THE INCLUSION OF CERTAIN CONDITIONS for the reserved matters.

The application for approval of reserved matters has now been submitted and many of the conditions have not been complied with. That is the situation at the beginning of January 2016.

If you wish to see the documents submitted for this application, you can do so on the Borough Council website
(sorry direct link not available) but we have also made them available: Reserved Matters Application Documents




A village meeting was held on 11th January in the village hall where details of the Inspector's decisions were given together with notes on various reasons for objection.
Download Points for Objection Letters

Two very important documents are the Design and Access Statements. The FIRST version was seen by the Planning Inspector and he stipulated the importance of this document. The SECOND is the version submitted with this latest application which ignores many of the important points.

You may also wish to download the Inspector's Decision (see page 12, para 68 and page 13 para 4)

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