National Highways Raises Concerns Over Proposed Housing Development Near M25 Junction 3, Citing Lack of Improvements and Impact on Roads

National Highways Raises Concerns Over Proposed Housing Development Near M25 Junction 3, Citing Lack of Improvements and Impact on Roads

National Highways Raises Concerns Over Proposed Housing Development Near M25 Junction 3

National Highways, the governing body in charge of managing the UK’s road network, has expressed concerns over a proposed housing development near the M25 junction 3. The development, which is part of Sevenoaks District Council’s local plan, includes a new village with 2,500 homes at Pedham Place, currently home to a golf course.

According to National Highways, the proposals for the new village are based on improvements to the M25 that might never happen. The council had referenced Road Improvement (Investment) Strategy 3 (RIS 3) in their local plan consultation, but National Highways has stated that there are currently no programmed improvement proposals at junction 3.

The body also expressed concerns about the impact of the new settlement on the roads, stating that it is “untested” and will require more detailed plans and evidence for assessment. They will be meeting with the council at the end of the month to discuss their submission and review the transport evidence base related to the planned growth in the area.

The proposed development site is located near Swanley and sits within the parishes of Eynsford and Farningham. Local campaigners and the chairman of Eynsford Parish Council have raised concerns about the plans, citing fears about the impact on the local road network and the need for more cars in the area.

The proposed location for the new village is also close to other proposed developments, including a new rugby stadium for Wasps RFC and a hotel and gym complex. Local residents and campaigners have expressed concerns about the potential negative impact of these developments on the area.

The council has stated that they are currently considering all comments and representations made by local people and agencies, and will take them into account before publishing a revised version of the local plan in the summer. They are also working with National Highways and Kent Highways to share details of their plans as they develop.

However, campaigners and local residents remain opposed to the plans, suggesting that it would be better to have numerous smaller developments instead of one large village. They also expressed concerns about the lack of public transport in the area, which would likely result in an increase in car usage.

The council’s local plan aims to address the “acute” need for homes in the district, with over 10,000 properties needed over the 15-year plan period. The proposed new village at Pedham Place is one of the solutions being considered to meet this demand, but concerns from National Highways and local residents may impact its development.

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