Residents who are part of MPOG are drawn from all walks of life with many varied reasons for joining together to object to the so-called “Garden Community” proposal north of Marden. As such, it is likely our group member’s responses to the MBC consultation will vary according to these viewpoints.
Some may oppose development on greenfield sites such as Marden on environmental grounds, especially as this time of climate change. Others may object to the loss of valuable farmland, or the impact on the village’s many heritage assets. Perhaps you may feel that there is no need for new house building, and MBC should challenge the number of houses they have been asked to build. Some may feel that house building is necessary, but only in town centre locations with the existing infrastructure to support them. Others may not wish their country way of life to be extinguished by a town, and some might object to the underhand ‘greenwashing’ of this out-of-scale development as a ‘Garden Community’.
What ever your reasons for joining with MPOG, the important thing is to make your voice heard, so MBC cannot claim that “no one objected”. The time to do this is now – because until the end of September 2019, the Local Plan is being reviewed by MBC.
If you aren’t sure what a Local Plan is (or a Local Plan Review), don’t worry. MPOG have prepared some guidance and information on what the Local Plan is, here.
What should I write?
It’s entirely up to you – anything that you feel is appropriate. MPOG have prepared some guidance notes for those who aren’t sure what to write or are looking for some general tips – download them here and use as much or as little as you wish – although you should write it in your own words ideally.
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How do I respond to the Local Plan Review?
- The DIY method:
The Local Plan Review document, as well as information on how to respond, is all found here:
If you are working off a laptop, the easiest way to submit your response is to download the response form (PDF) here https://www.maidstone.gov.uk/_
_data/assets/pdf_file/0009/and save it onto your desktop. You should then be able to enter your responses directly into the PDF and, once completed, email it to email@example.com 287793/Response-form.pdf
- The DIY method:
- The ‘lazy’ method:
You can also download MBC’s Local Plan Review comments form directly from this link (right-click, and choose Save As)
With this file, MPOG have already filled in some of the answers for you, but you can edit them yourself to reflect your own opinions.
This file is in .PDF format, and allows you to type/edit your own responses directly into the file – although if you prefer you can print it out, and write your responses onto it the old fashioned way, then post it to MBC.
NOTE: If you are not able to add/edit text in this file, then make sure that you are opening it with Adobe Reader – it will NOT allow you to edit the file if you are opening it in your web browser, eg Chrome. Make sure you save it to your computer, then open the file.
Some helpful hints
If you are typing your responses into the PDF file directly: after you have entered your thoughts, save the completed PDF file to your computer’s hard drive. It will save all the comments that you have typed automatically, into the file. You should then email the PDF file directly to MBC.
If you’re completing the form on their website then you don’t need to send it to them by another method. However, in case of any problems doing it online, or if you prefer to send it directly to them then anyway, please use either of these:
- By post to: Strategic Planning, Maidstone Borough Council, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone, ME15 6JQ
- Or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are on mobile then you can still use the online portal. If you are struggling with the online portal, then please print out out the response form and send it via post using the above details.
If you have a few minutes spare, you may wish to also attach as an addendum the MPOG planning representations into your reply to MBC:
MPOG wish to thank you for your voicing your opinions on the Local Plan Review in advance.
A final note, the guidance for completing the review states “You do not need to answer every question; just answer the ones which are most relevant to you”, so it’s fine to ignore any questions you do not feel qualified/motivated to answer!
Short on time? You could print out this form – using comments written by MPOG that are already pre-filled in for you!. Don’t forget to fill in your details before submitting to MBC (see above for how to do this).