Following its AGM and Open meeting the new Chair of the Kennington Community Forum, Tony Bartlett, who had been appointed at the meeting, commented that the Forum would vigorously oppose the “ opportunistic application by developers for a new “village” on a green fields site on “Land east of East Mountain Lane and, Canterbury Road, Kennington, Kent”
Tony commented that the application, which was for up to 650 new houses, a shop, surgery and community space was on existing high quality agricultural land, was cynically timed to be after the end of the Council’s consultation on the changes to the Local Plan demanded by central government, and before the conclusions of that consultation were published. The developers argue that the green field site could be developed since, in the latest Local Plan proposals, it was to be surrounded by new housing anyhow.
The site had never been offered to the Council for assessment for inclusion within the Local Plan and this application was aimed to circumvent the democratic process being followed by ABC.
He said the Forum would fight the Application which would adversely affect the rural amenity of its residents and effectively in-fill green space adjacent to sites under consideration within the Local Plan.
Tony reminded the members at the AGM that to help us in our campaign against this site, the Forum, which covers most of the five borough wards within the area which will, in 2019, again become Kennington Parish, needs additional volunteers on its Core management Group. Residents, over the age of 18, who feel they have the skills, time and dedication to help the Forum both fight this battle and prepare the local community for its forthcoming parish status were invited to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Secretary with their details on 01233 634165.