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Cllr Derek Mortimer, Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner Jasper Gerard, County Cllr Brian Clark, Cllr Sue Grigg, , Sean Carter, NLRA secretary Jacquie Day and members of the North Loose Residents’ Association

Residents say no to housing

POLITICIANS and activists op- posed to an application for new housing at New Line Learning Academy have presented a 1,500- name petition to Maidstone Council. Members of the North Loose Residents’ Association say Ward Homes’ proposal for 220 homes would exacerbate traffic problems at the junction of Boughton Lane and Loose Road and pose a serious threat to ancientwoodland in Five AcreWood. Sean Carter, from the North

Loose Residents’ Association, which has a membership of 1,100, said the proposal “would be out of character with the surrounding area in a semi-rural country lane”. Residents are concerned at not

only the proposed density of 40 properties to the hectare, but also plans for three-storey apartment blocks, which they say will result in a cramped development. They say the proposed access

road through ancient woodland and an increase in local traffic by

over 50%, with no infrastructure improvements, would not be sus- tainable. Cllr Derek Mortimer, who repre-

sents South ward on Maidstone Council, said: “I have spoken with hundreds of residents who have voiced serious concerns over this application and who fear that their quality of life will be damaged. “The proposed access to and

from the site will be via a narrow country lane leading to the heavily congested Loose Road, which is also one of Maidstone’s air pollu- tion hotspots.” The application is due to be de-

cided byMaidstoneCouncil’s plan- ning committee. If the scheme is approved, the NLRAwants traffic taken away from Boughton Lane. Cllr Brian Clark said: “There is

much anger over this scheme lo- cally. Kent Highways has stated that the Boughton Lane/Loose Road junction is at capacity – and anyone stuck in traffic around this junction at peak times will be very much aware of this.”

Application for temporary classrooms

FUTURE Schools Trust has applied for two temporary classroom blocks for 12 months, while work to build the new Tiger Primary School in Boughton Lane, Maidstone, is carried out. Since it opened in September 2012, the primary school has been lo-

catedwithin the nearbyNew Line Learning Academy building but by Sep- tember there will no longer be room for them. A planning application, to be determined by Maidstone Council, re-

quests the creation of two 3.5m high classroom blocks north of the acad- emy that would be removed once the new primary school opens.

New teaching block proposed

A NEW teaching block could be built on a recreation area at Oak- wood Park Grammar School. A planning application has been submitted to replace two “sub- standard” temporary classroom blocks, which will be removed. Anew hard play area is also proposed for the school in Oakwood

Park, Tonbridge Road, Maidstone. A supporting statement said: “Building will require the removal

of some young trees. However, these offer little in the way of visual or ecological value.” Maidstone Council will determine the application.

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