22nd February, 2016
In addition to the objections already submitted on 30th Oct 2015, I would like to add the following:
- The proposed development does not accord with the provisions of the development plan in force in the area in which the land to which the application relates is situated – MBC’s own wording that should automatically disbar any development on this site within the setting of the AONB.
- Photos have already been submitted evidencing the state of flooding that this site is subject to even when the rainfall has not been particularly heavy. The below examples clearly demonstrate that it is acting as a flood plain allowing a slow absorption into the ground which in turn prevents high volumes of rain water from entering the underground river systems within Lenham, and, thus, preventing flooding further down from the headwaters of the river Len.
- Furthermore NPPF Paras 99-102 refer to suitable protection being made against development on land that may be susceptible to flooding and, given the photographic evidence supplied, sequential testing might be appropriate in this case, especially taking into account the statement referred to in the first point above. This also refers to taking into account future climate changes.
- This application for development goes against the Lenham Neighbourhood Plan that is now at an advanced stage by virtue of it being in Regulation 14 Consultation.
- The lack of a 5-year land/housing supply is an insufficient argument for approval of this application when, in fact, MBC are reported to be only 50 houses short in their 5-year plan. A number virtually already in place when examining applications to which support has already been given but decisions still awaited are taken into account.
Please consider these further objections in your consideration but if this application does proceed to MBC Planning Committee and that they, after deliberation, consider approval, then it should be a condition of any such approval the applicant should undertake to have a mature 2 metre high/wide bramble and thorn hedgerow planted along the full border with Westwood Close so as to aid security and privacy. Such mature hedgerow to be planted before any commencement of building works take place. This is by far not the preferred outcome for this application which should be summarily rejected on the basis of all the objections raised, including those of Southern Water in regard to sewage removal.
Michael & Aneta Jerrett
15 Westwood Close.
(Also supporting objections from other residents in Westwood Close – 1, 5, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18 & 19)