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   STEM school, Grove Green 5 October    September 26, 2017


The application is being returned to the Maidstone Planning Committee on 5 October, having been deferred from the 28 September.

The parish council will again be attending however the applicant has already filed a request, quoting non-determination in the time that should be taken, with the Planning Inspectorate.

The Maidstone Planning Committee still needs to take a decision on whether to permit (when it is likely the appeal will be dropped) or refuse (the appeal will continue).


At last night’s MBC Planning Committee meeting it was agreed to defer the decision on the proposed school until members received better information on possible alternative access and more information on the green travel plan.

Parish Councillor Ivor Davies (starts speaking at 47 mins in on the webcam recording) attended on behalf of the parish council/residents and with a local resident (starts speaking at 43 minutes in on the webcam recording), who took the objecting member of public slot, gave excellent speeches against the proposed development.

The whole 90 minute debate is available to watch on webcam via the MBC website and many members of the committee and visiting Borough Councillors spoke of their concern about traffic, children’s safety, loss of trees etc. The parking and impact on Grove Green including the closes adjacent to Grovewood Drive South were mentioned on numerous occasions by Borough Councillors.

What happens now? The Planning Officers have to speak to the applicant and KCC about the issues that need addressing and then report back to the MB Planning Committee. The parish council will continue to monitor this and will attempt to keep you updated.

The applicant has a right, if MBC fails to make a decision within 8 weeks, to go to Planning Inspectorate Appeal quoting non-determination. MBC would continue its work but the Appeal application procedure will also start and if MBC fails to reach a decision in good time or refuses the application then the Planning Inspector would decide on the application. The Appeal could be written or a Public Inquiry, if this happens then once again the parish council will monitor the progress and keep residents informed.

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