What are you proposing?
We are proposing to submit an outline planning application providing around 2,500 homes on the site along with a primary school, new health centre and other improvements.
Are your proposals a done deal or can changes to reflect local opinion still be made?
We are conducting this second round of public consultation before we submit a planning application so that we can take your comments into account.
Are these plans simply going to concrete over large swathes of the countryside?
No, the proposals include extensive green areas and will actually increase net biodiversity across the site.
Are these proposals green?
Yes, not only will the village include an increase net biodiversity across the site but the buildings are designed to be green and electric car charging points will be a feature of the proposals.
Will this be a gated community or will the facilities be open to everyone?
They will be open to everyone.
How many of the homes will be affordable?
This will be discussed with the council’s planning team. We will provide a report that demonstrates the various costs involved in building the homes and the likely revenues – this is called a Viability Report. This will be carefully analysed by the council’s own consultants. We are hoping to provide around 30% of properties as affordable housing, in line with the council’s emerging local plan.
Will there be parking?
The Borough’s planning policy aspires to lower the levels of private car usage. We will be encouraging the use of bicycles and other sustainable modes of transport.
Will employment space be provided in the proposals?
Yes, a variety of employment spaces are proposed.
How many of the homes will be wheelchair accessible?
Wheelchair home provision will be provided in accordance with local planning policy. This equates to around 250 homes.
Who makes the decision on the application?
The council’s planning team will analyse all the application documents and plans that will be submitted as part of the application. All these will be available to view on the council’s website once the application has been submitted.
The summary of their analysis will be presented to a group of elected councillors – the Planning Committee. At a meeting open to the public, they will hear a summary of the application from the planning officers and will also hear from supporters and objectors. They will then decide whether or not the application should be approved.
The meeting will either be online or in person depending on the situation at the time.
When will the application be submitted to the council and when will the decision be made?
We expect to submit the application later this summer the council are expected to take several months to examine all the documents and write a report on the application before it is presented to the Swale Planning Committee.
When will construction start?
The date that construction starts depends when the local council make their decision.
We expect a final decision from the local council in 2022. If permission is granted this would result in construction of phase one starting in later that year.
Will construction be noisy?
Modern construction methods tend to be less noisy than in the past. Whilst there will inevitably be some disturbance, the hours of operation will be limited by the council to 8am to 6pm Mon to Fri and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. Construction traffic will be carefully scheduled and controlled to ensure a minimum of disruption.
The selected contractor will be part of the Considerate Constructors Scheme.
Will the proposals be ‘Secured by Design’?
The proposals will be examined by the Police’s ‘Secured by Design’ team that works to improve the security of buildings and their immediate surroundings to provide safe places to live, work, shop and visit.
What will the development be called?
It is currently proposed to call the new village Foxchurch.
How will the road network cope with this development?
Talks are ongoing with Kent County Council about highway improvements to ensure that any additional traffic can be safely accommodated. We will also be promoting sustainable forms of transport and we will provide a new cycle route into the centre of Sittingbourne.
How will vehicles interact with the existing highway network?
Vehicles from the new sustainable community will enter and leave through new junctions on to Sheppey Way which will be traffic calmed, reducing traffic accidents and improving safety through the existing village of Bobbing.
Will there be new shops?
Yes, shops and pubs are part of the proposals
Is this the last opportunity to comment on the proposals?
No, once the planning application has been submitted the Council will run its own consultation with local people.
I am unable to make the online Q&A sessions. Will there be an opportunity to view them at a later date?
Yes, the online Q&A sessions will be made available on this website shortly after the final event.
Are there any other ways I can have my say on the proposals?
Yes, please call our freephone number 0800 955 1042 between 9am and 5.30pm, Monday-Friday. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to our freepost address Freepost RTXU-JGSR-KHLE, Your Shout, 28 China Works, SE1 7SJ. Swale Council will also hold their own statutory consultation, following the submission of a planning application.