potential benefits of the garden village proposal, stating that the council is open to discussions with developers. Swanley Residents Divided Over Controversial Development and Stadium Plans

potential benefits of the garden village proposal, stating that the council is open to discussions with developers.

Swanley Residents Divided Over Controversial Development and Stadium Plans

Swanley Residents Share Opinions on Controversial Plans for Development and Stadium

Residents of Swanley, a 1960s town situated on the outskirts of the M25, have been vocal about their opinions on two controversial development proposals: a 2,500-home garden village and a 28,000-seater stadium, both of which would be larger than the 02 arena.

These proposals, located at Pedham Place and Petham Court Farm, have caused quite a stir among residents of Swanley and neighboring rural communities. With the ongoing housing shortage, the government has urged Sevenoaks council to find space for 10,680 new homes in their Local Plan, which will direct development until 2040. However, 93% of the district is currently within the green belt.

The proposed garden village at Pedham Place would cover 144 hectares of green belt land and is a joint proposal from Gladman Developments and the Ramac Group. It aims to create a self-sustainable community with schools, healthcare facilities, and employment opportunities within a 20-minute walk of residents’ homes.

Meanwhile, the Wasps Rugby Club is also vying for the land, proposing a new stadium, hotel, conference center, and training facilities. This proposal has been met with opposition from residents in Crockenhill, Farningham, and Eynsford, who fear increased traffic and disruption to their rural communities.

However, not all Swanley residents are against the developments. Some see it as an opportunity for economic growth and job creation, while others believe it could bring much-needed investment to the town.

One resident, Marc Curtain, sympathizes with the concerns of neighboring villages, saying the increased traffic could be a disaster for them. Another resident, Paul Howell, agrees that more houses need to be built but believes careful consideration is needed for their location.

Dan Coombs, a parent with young children, welcomes the stadium proposal for the improved sports facilities it could bring to the area. However, he also has concerns about the impact on traffic and the loss of the popular golf club.

Ted Griggs is firmly against both proposals, citing the potential traffic congestion and strain on local services. He also questions the need to build on green belt land.

Friends Lorraine Gaskin and Sue Neville share similar concerns, including the strain on local services and the impact on traffic from the proposed developments. They also express frustration at the potential loss of green belt land, questioning the point of regulations meant to protect it.

However, not all residents are against the developments. Some believe that people need a place to live and that the new homes and facilities could be beneficial to the community.

Swanley has its own town council, which is concerned about the impact of both proposals on the area. Cllr Michael Horwood, who represents Swanley Christchurch and Village ward, says the council is against the inclusion of the stadium in the plan due to concerns about traffic congestion and road closures.

However, Cllr Horwood also acknowledges the need for housing and the

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