Charlotte Cornell near proposed development site (Finglesham & Ham)
Charlotte Cornell near proposed development site (Finglesham & Ham)

The plans mooted recently to build a new town of 4000 homes on land near Finglesham and Ham must be stopped. I can say that with honesty and clarity because:

  • It is what I believe to be right
  • I’m not on the local council or a local planning committee, so my opinion can’t give any weight to any developer’s future legal challenge.
  • I’ve never received a single penny in political donations from any housing developers. Nor do I intend to…

This land is rural farming land, but is also home to ancient Anglo-Saxon burial sites, rare natural habitats and much needed space & clean air, despite being ‘triangled’ by the A256, the Sandwich Road and the A2. In the event of a bungled Brexit and more queues on all these roads, the further impact on air quality means that any loss of land such as this could be catastrophic for residents living locally. The proposals are monster-size and could create monster-sized problems.

Furthermore, we need jobs in this area to support further massive developments, which should be on brownfield sites.  Where are these jobs? What efforts are really being made to regenerate existing communities before we build massive new ones? Planning is not a jigsaw, where each piece of our amazing county serves its own purpose, in isolation from those other pieces of geography around it.

Further to this site, there are massive housing developments potentially proposed for Discovery Park, Manston, Brenley Corner, the Western Heights & Farthingloe. We are slowly, bit by bit, turning East Kent into a car park to complement the on-road lorry park that failed infrastructure planning will surely be serving up on the years to come. The Conservatives are failing most of Kent over and over and over again, with leaders afraid to stand up to multi-millionaire developers, who often fail to honour promises made to the very same communities whose green fields they bulldoze.

Rant over. Save Finglesham Fields. Sign the community’s petition here:

The famous
The famous 'Ham Sandwich' sign
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