I am pleased that Woodcut Farm will be protected from a development that would have ruined the countryside around Leeds Castle, after Councillors stuck by the decision to reject the planning application.
This reflects the wishes of residents living in the villages around Maidstone and businesses reliant on tourism in the area. A commercial development at Woodcut Farm would be totally inappropriate.
I emailed the head of MBC Alison Broom yesterday to question why the Planning Committee’s decision of 27 April was referred to the Planning Referrals Committee, causing continued uncertainty about the future of this site and fresh anxiety for local residents and Leeds Castle.
Last night the Planning Referrals Committee voted to oppose the application.
If I am re-elected on 8 June, I will continue to fight against any proposal to develop Woodcut Farm or Junction 8.