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Sittingbourne housing scheme would have devastating impact on countryside

24th September 2021

We have objected to a vast housing scheme – effectively a new town – of more than 9,000 properties south-east of Sittingbourne.

Quinn Estates has submitted two outline planning applications for what is collectively being referred to as Highsted Park.

One comprises a scheme for 1,250 homes and other uses, including completion of the Sittingbourne Northern Relief Road. The other is for 8,000 homes and other uses, including a new M2 junction south of the A2.

The application conflicts with the adopted Local Plan and we believe there are no material or exceptional considerations why the plan should not be followed.

Among a range of issues, the site lies in the countryside and within a designated Local Countryside Gap. The proposed development would have a detrimental impact on the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, an Area of High Landscape Value, and ancient woodlands and local wildlife sites.