Statement from Annabelle Blackmore

Marden Planning Opposition Group (MPOG) have received a statement from Councillor Mrs Annabelle Blackmore, Marden and Yalding Ward which, with permission, we will relay:

“Frankly I am horrified about this development and it is so far from good road connections. There are few details available at present however it is clear that the traffic impact will be huge. All the roads leading from the village are narrow country roads. The traffic will have an impact on Collier Street, Yalding as well as Marden and roads to Paddock Wood are not able to sustain the volumes which will use that route. Then there is Linton Hill. New roundabouts are proposed for Marden but once Linton Hill is reached the route for the traffic is totally unsustainable. I do not believe this is a suitable area for this type of significant development.

Your concerns are totally valid considering the size of the potential site. The village has taken development over the past four years approximately 600 dwellings including the small windfall sites but this site is more than three times that number. The plan which I have seen includes green areas but the area is already green. It is totally frustrating that such a large site is being put forward in a location which is completely unsuitable.
All the sites from the call for sites will form part of the public consultation which is due to start in August. Please respond to this consultation. It is crucial that as many residents in this are do so to show this site is not appropriate.
It is too much development for a village. I am a relative newcomer and have lived here for 20 years and  I understand some growth is to be expected, but we have already had those houses built in the past few years. How can more in this area be justified. Vote against it. I want to stop it in its tracks.”
Marden Planning Opposition Group would welcome any similar statements from key parties and will publish any future statements in the same way.

5 Responses

  1. Lynda Bodle

    This housing would kill Marden as a “village”. The road infrastructure is highly unsuitable for any more houses. Please fight for Marden as a “village”.

  2. Jo and Paddy Germain

    Why turn a beautiful village into a town . ? There is plenty of other sites than can be used so please please keep this abortion away from Marden

  3. Patricia King

    I live on West End in Marden and the traffic starts from 4.30 am with lorries trundling through fast and shaking my home. Traffic continues throughout the day and evening with no let up. Please help us to avoid any further disruption to our Village.

  4. Hands off Coxheath

    We heard all this before when Coxheath was proposed for extra housing which ruined the village and still the building continues. Infrastructure first then build not build then suffer road chaos, overcrowded doctors to name two of the problems. The politicians use the Government as an excuse and toe the line.

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