The November issue of our newsletter has been published and is being delivered to every household in the Parish.  It is devoted to the new "issues and preferred options" Regulation 18 consultation which was launched by Swale Borough Council at the end of October.

The newsletter explains the current status of the Swale Local Plan and gives advice on how to make your views known, as well as highlighting the areas that most affect Lynsted with Kingsdown Parish.

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We have responded to the Swale Borough Local Plan Regulation 18 consultation.  The 20-page letter expresses our concerns surrounding the process being followed and the five options being presented, including the 'preferred option'. 
 
Residents have until 29 November to submit their own comments.  
 
We encourage everyone to do so, because the Local Plan - once adopted - will determine development in Swale to 2038.
 
You can find out more about the Local Plan at www.swale.gov.uk/lpc
 
 

The developer seeking to build initially ten, but ultimately up to fifty houses on land East of Lynsted Lane has submitted a Road Safety Audit.

The Parish Council's view is that the recommendations in the report will not lessen the negative impact of this proposed development on road safety, congestion and air pollution.

We have submitted our comments to the Swale Borough Council planning portal.

Read here

Swale Borough Council has decided not to submit the Local Plan Review to the Government Planning Inspector.

Instead, they will go back a stage and launch a new Regulation 18 consultation which allows residents more say over the contents of the Local Plan.

The draft document that will now be scrapped contained proposals to build around 1,400 houses in Lynsted and Teynham - plus a bypass south of the London Road in Lynsted Parish.  

These plans attracted major opposition from local residents and Parish Councils.  There were a total of 734 individual comments on the Teynham Area of Opportunity (TAO) - of which 93% were clearly opposed.

The summary of issues raised in the consultation, prepared by the Council’s officers, noted the perceived lack of compliance with SBC’s Statement of Community Involvement and the absence of evidence such as air quality and transport modelling to support the Lynsted bypass.

Other concerns included insufficient infrastructure plans, harm to the natural and built environment, and lack of clarity with no defined sites or boundaries.

A high number of residents were angry at the amount of development proposed on greenfield sites, particularly agricultural land.

Kent County Council had also noted that critical highway evidence was either missing or inaccurate, and that there had been limited opportunity for residents to influence the type and scale of growth in Teynham.

"Lynsted residents are highly relieved that the weight of argument against the Local Plan has been acknowledged.  By going back to a Regulation 18 document, the community can properly debate the issues and options, instead of only being allowed to comment on technicalities such as soundness and legal compliance,” comments Julien Speed, Chairman of Lynsted with Kingsdown Parish Council.

"We will have to wait and see what the new plan contains.  We fervently hope Swale Council has now recognised that the TAO is undeliverable and that it will be removed from the next iteration of the plan.

“SBC rejected garden villages in the earlier draft plan on the grounds of residents' objections, but the numbers arguing against the TAO were far greater.  To exclude the TAO from the new plan would carry no shame. On the contrary, it would be democracy at work”.

The new timetable is for the Issues and Options (Reg 18) consultation to take place in October and November, with a revised draft Local Plan (Reg 19) to be published in February of next year.
 
Kent Online have reported on the news here:
 
 
Julien Speed adds:  “Swale Council can legitimately argue for lower housing targets based on need and deliverability.  We would like to see them challenge the Government and make the case for fewer new houses”.  

The latest newsletter from Lynsted with Kingsdown Parish Council has just been published.  Read about what your Councillors have been up to this year so far.

It's mainly been about objecting to plans to build an excessive number of houses in our Parish, as well as a bypass across our best agricultural land.

We'll be at the Lynsted Fete on Bank Holiday Monday, so come and tell us what issues are important to you...

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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:  https://pa.midkent.gov.uk/online-applications/centralDistribution.do?caseType=Application&keyVal=QWYNAITYINH00

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:  https://pa.midkent.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=QT023OTYGMW00