Section 5: Place Shaping Policies Bidborough
This response report contains comments received on Section 5: Place Shaping Policies - Bidborough.
Object/support/support with conditions/general observation
See my comment under Speldhurst. No new homes for Bidborough, despite its reasonably good access tot he A26, A21 and Tonbridge railway station. Conclusion: Jukesy abusing the planning process to try to ensure he gets re-elected. Now he's gone, let's inject a bit of sense into the plan.
Policy STR/BI 1: The Strategy for Bidborough Parish
Policy STR/BI 1
Sport England supports bullet point e the new sports hub at Rusthall as it is in line with adopted Playing Pitch Strategy.
I would wholeheartedly support the decision not to propose any site allocations within the parish of Bidborough as it would irreversibly and negatively impact the greenbelt and AONB of the village and negatively impact on residents by increasing traffic, pollution and reducing green spaces and wildlife/ biodiversity.
Kent County Council (Growth, Environment and Transport)
Highways and Transportation
The Local Highway Authority conditionally supports this policy. The following changes are requested:
The specific reference to PRoW in paragraph 4 and the expectation that contributions will be made towards PRoW to mitigate the impact of development (f) is supported.
Tunbridge Wells District Committee Campaign to Protect Rural England
Support with conditions
We are concerned that the part of this policy referring to developments larger than 100 residential units could encourage applications for major developments which are thoroughly unsuitable in the Green Belt or AONB. Arguably, for sustainability, any development of more than 20 dwellings in villages and the rural area ought at least to provide some employment possibilities, for example through live/work units.
Policy STR/BI 1: The Strategy for Bidborough Parish et seq. - as with the foregoing comments, we would expect the allocation of sites following on from this Strategy policy to be subject to appropriately robust and detailed heritage impact assessment prior to the allocations being adopted.