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July 12, 2019 8:35 AM
By Alan Wells

Speaking ahead of the planning committee on July 24th, Chairman of Medway Liberal Democrats, Viv Parker said "Capstone Valley is hailed as Medway's green lung. Creating 800 new homes in East Hill which is adjacent to a nature reserve, would have a detrimental impact on the surrounding environment and drastically change the face of the rural area. The proposed development at East Hill will cause harm to a number of species and the nature reserve which is home to Orchids and will destroy an area of locally valued landscape.

The Medway Green Belt of land around Capstone, Darland and the Coney Banks are a vital asset for everyone. The Conservative-run council has not adopted a coherent, credible Local Plan which gives clear guidance on where to build sufficient housing to meet government targets, regenerating by developing on 'brown build' sites as opposed to developing on Green Belt sites.

We are calling on the Council to adopt a Local Plan as soon as possible to help protect the environment and simultaneously improve the quality and quantity of new residential development to stimulate regeneration in our town centres."