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Representatives from 10 local Parish Councils attended two meetings in the summer to share concerns about the public consultation held earlier this year to determine future development in Swale over the next 20 years.

Following no outright public support for any one of the 4 Core Strategy options offered by Swale Borough Council there is major concern that council planners seem to be moving towards a target of 16,000 new houses without improving necessary infrastructure or providing sufficient local employment.

It was felt that many residents were unaware of the online consultation taking place, with not enough emphasis given to the possible loss of agricultural land or potential problems caused by large housing developments and extra traffic on already overcrowded roads.

Parish councillors decided that an action group (Swale Residents Against Housing Madness) should be formed to try and influence the outcome by offering a sustainable solution focussing on the needs of existing Swale residents, and not on building excessive numbers of new houses which seem to appeal mainly to London commuters.

Swale RAHM is supported by the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England; the working party meet regularly and also attend Swale Borough Council Local Development Framework (20 year plan) meetings to keep abreast of developments. An information leaflet and poster is being circulated, local media campaigns are planned and more public meetings will held by Swale RAHM.

It appears that Swale Council’s announcement of the new plan has been delayed until February or March next year, but comprehensive information is available on the Group’s website www.swalerahm.org.uk or write to SwaleRAHM at c/o Iwade Parish Council, P.O. Box 588, Sittingbourne ME10 9ET to get involved.

Update courtesy of Swale RAHM.

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