MAKING YOUR VOICE HEARD
- If you prefer to email your comments - use email@example.com
- If you prefer to send a letter send to: Andrew Spears, Case Officer, Mid Kent Planning Support, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone ME15 6JQ.
- BUT, remember in BOTH these methods, to include the planning reference - 19/505036/OUT + date + name and address.
You can include attachments using both these methods but NOT if you respond via the on-line pages.. Tell them to "put my comments onto the Planning Portal"
RENEWED THREAT: REVISION OF DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL FOR 86 HOMES SOUTH OF GREENSTREET
We have until 18th February 2021 to Object to this new Revision. Because the Illustrative Plans have change, you must now repeat any objections you made before! That is just "Planning Rules".
"Objection Guidelines" I have pulled together some thoughts about headings that you might find helpful.
I have also pulled together a "Handling tick list" based on KCC/SBC guidance to make sure your Objections don't get lost in the system!
MY POLLUTION REPORT - I have sent in a detailed record of pollution episodes just West of AQMA5 + mobile mapping of pollution between February 2019 and February 2020 [a pre-Covid picture when traffic levels were "normal"].
Don't be intimidated by the number of pages - 90%+ is a table of daily measurements and comments. Download PDF File.
Lynsted with Kingsdown Parish Council letter of Objection, 15th February 2021 - read here
You may be interested in Cllr Baldocks defence of Newington AQMA1 in 2016 based on -
- no employment,
- too much traffic,
- increase in pollution.
That development was successfully quashed by the Court of Appeal. A legal precedent is set.
Here is his submission (under cover of CPRE letter paper).
KCC HIGHWAYS SAY "NO"
Local Government Air Quality Responsibilities
House of Commons Library Briefing Paper for MPs
(Issued 25th February 2020)
Here we go again!
My "starter for ten points" has been submitted to the Planning Portal on 23rd October 2019
We have raised many issues of concern, most have direct connection with SBC legal responsibilities to "reduce" harm and reinforce the importance of "Lynsted with Kingsdown Parish" as a rural parish that benefits us all - north and south of the A2.
If this proposal is revisited by the Developers to make material changes,
we will have to stand ready to resubmit ALL our objections
because SBC would fire a new "Starting Gun."
[Contact methods retained (below) just in case]
· Online at: THIS LINK - opens the exact page or http://pa.midkent.gov.uk/online-applications/ (General Entry page). You may find you have to re-register on the Portal as several of us have been removed due to new Data Protection requirements! Get in early to create your new profile! Otherwise you will wait forever for an email to update your password, etc!
· Email firstname.lastname@example.org - if your objection has images or heavy formatting that you think is important. The Planning Portal strips out formatting rendering it as plain text. In that case, save your comments as a PDF and email it to this email address.
· Write to Mid Kent Planning Support, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone ME15 6JQ - Case Officer - Andrew Spiers
- Keep track on-line:
The application number and site address - 19/505036/OUT | Outline application for the erection of up to 86 residential dwellings, including 50% affordable housing (Access being Sought). | Land South Of London Road Teynham Kent ME9 9QJ. To view the details and see comments received - USE THIS LINK.
- Keep track through e-mails:
I maintain an email group (let me know if you want to add your email address, let me know - email@example.com
- Lynsted with Kingsdown Parish Council Objection Letter, 11th November 2019
- Lynsted with Kingsdown PC flier sent out 3rd November
- Court of Appeal Judgement (12th September 2019) reinforces the obligation on Local Authorities
to apply the test of "cumulative impact"where AQMAs are declared and reject Proposals
that seek to avoid this responsibility under cover of "mitigation" (miles away!). PDF Copy of the Judgement.
MEASUREMENT OF POLLUTION LEVELS AND THE TIME IT LASTS = "HARM"
Higher pollution leads to more harm, more quickly.
SBC only measures NOx at a time when we have got very high levels of VOCs, PM10 and PM2.5.
THE A2 IS NOT A TRUNK ROAD - STOP PRETENDING IT IS!
ALL development approvals that join the A2 must logically add pollution to the AQMAs. We are already living with harmful levels of pollution from heavy and often congested traffic.
PLANNING FOR POLLUTION
This website does not argue against housing; it does argue for housing in places with sensibly thought out infrastructure and with the least harm to the health of residents, visitors and workers.
Councillors & Officials have argued that they can deliver 'housing without more pollution'. They can only say this because they only measure NOx from combustion - engines are burning cleaner. SBC ignores three other toxic pollutants identified as harmful by Central Government (see Pollution Diary). So, SBC simply rolls over to Developers who always say that pollution (NOx) impacts from each development are "insignificant". This is not true if all pollutants are discussed. Perhaps the new Council will get on the front foot in delivering on health issues for their Residents?
SBC have ignored Government policies that link increases in housing with increases in harmful pollution - especially in AQMAs. The National Planning Policy Framework (2019) tells all Local Authorities that they must take into account the "cumulative impact" of all housing approvals where traffic will increase in existing AQMAs. SBC's behaviour undermines Government policies on reducing pollution at a local and national level. The Court of Appeal has made abundantly clear the overriding importance of pollution, cumulative impacts and planning decisions in its judgement of 12th September 2019.
TOXIC MIX APPROVED FOR CONSUMPTION BY YOUR COUNCIL
This website grew from ad hoc entries into the www.lynsted.com website - hopefully this new site allows for better structure and clarity. Please let me know if you have suggestions for changes or additions.
Innovation around Facebook. I am instinctively suspicious of Facebook but I have decided to try a Facebook Page in support of this website - https://www.facebook.com/Aqma5a2. My intention (so far) is to share ideas about vocabulary used in planning and pollution. Perhaps also pick on interesting ideas from the news or policy-makers. For those of you who don't 'do' Facebook, I have added a page to this site in which Facebook posts will appear from time to time. Go to my web-page for non-Facebook peeps.