After a Covid-induced break last year, we're all looking forward to the Lynsted fete this Bank Holiday Monday.  Weather is set fair!  There's lots going on:  BBQ, tea and beer tent, games, live music, tombola, stalls and much more.  The Parish Council will also be there, so come and meet your councillors to discuss what else we could be doing to improve life in the Parish.  Lynsted Park 1pm to 4pm. READ THE FLIER

An application has been submitted to fell to ground level four poplars in The Vallance, off The Street in Lynsted.  Problems identified include loss of light to neighbouring properties and significant seed-tuft fall that causes blocked drains, slippery road surfaces and footways.  Some residents are unable to open doors and windows between May and July because the seeds float in and are difficult to remove.  The Parish Council has written to local residents outlining the alternative options to clear felling.

Comments can be submitted on the Swale Borough Council portal:

The Parish Council's letter can be viewed here

Developers wanting to build initially 10, but ultimately 50, houses off Lynsted Lane have re-submitted their application - apparently because of an error on the original documentation.  The revision is of a minor, non-material nature.  However the Parish Council has re-submitted its original objections.  Read here

Comments can be made on the Swale planning portal using this link:


There are 705 comments about the Teynham Area of Opportunity (TAO) on the Swale consultation portal. That's over 30% of all the comments on what is a borough-wide plan. Analysis shows 93% of respondents object to the TAO, 4% are neutral and 3% in favour (mostly developers). See media report in the Kent Messenger.
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Lynsted with Kingsdown Parish Council has instructed a firm of solicitors to lodge a formal objection to the draft Swale Local Plan 2021.  The Council objects to the plan as a whole because it is based on a flawed and inappropriate growth strategy which is unjustified, not supported by evidence, is predicated on an unlawful use of Supplementary Planning Guidance to allocate development, and is mutually inconsistent with the Plan’s own settlement hierarchy and other policies within the plan.
It has not been informed by a sustainability appraisal that meets the relevant legal requirements and will not be effective, because the growth strategy selected - which includes the “Teynham Area of Opportunity” -  is not deliverable.
It has also not been consulted upon in accordance with the legal and procedural requirements set out in the Local Plan Regulations.  
In addition to the above, and specifically, the Parish Council objects to the inclusion of the Teynham Area of Opportunity which is entirely unjustified and unsound, unsupported as it is by proportionate evidence.
Local residents have published a website about the potential impact of the “Teynham Area of Opportunity” (TAO) if the draft Swale Local Plan is approved.  The site contains helpful advice on how to respond as well as how to comment on the plan’s soundness and legal compliance.  You can view the site here:

We have published a newsletter dedicated to Swale Borough Council's Local Plan Review.  We explain what the plan, if adopted, could mean for Lynsted Parish. We provide advice on how to submit your feedback and, to assist in your consideration of the draft plan, we have provided some of the comments that we will be submitting as our own response to the consultation.

Read here

The back page of the newsletter is a poster.  If you object to the "Teynham Area of Opportunity", you're welcome to place it in your front window. 

The Local Plan Review can be found here:

The easiest way to submit your comments is via the Representation Form:

Comments can also be made on the consultation portal but be warned, it's not very user-friendly: