Effect on Ightham

 St Peter's Church, Ightham

St Peter's Church, Ightham

 
 

What the local plan mean for ightham…

Ightham is custodian for to Metropolitan Green Belt and the Kent Downs Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The Local Plan should protect our precious
Metropolitan Green Belt & Kent Downs AONB - these are prime policies designed to protect our countryside from built development; once conceded, they cannot be restored; this means that even partial removal is not possible either
• The Relief Road will add hugely to our existing traffic bottlenecks - A25, Seal Village, Seal Hollow Road junction and Bat & Ball junction
• There will be a huge increase in Air Quality Management Areas (AQMA) - Borough Green Centre is already an Air Quality Management Area, based on 2009 figures alone, and that is without the steady 1000 vehicle increase annually since that time; with added traffic the AQMA will be extended to reach other areas and increase the levels already experienced by Borough Green
• Borough Green train services are already overcrowded, and infrequent - with 2 trains per day only to Blackfriars; frustrated commuters will drive further to Sevenoaks, Hildenborough or Tonbridge stations to reach their destinations
• Existing health services are under huge pressure with the current population; extra housing will only add to already badly strained services
• All existing and exhausted quarries will have to be infilled to allow for housing; this will add massively to HGV traffic to backfill millions of tonnes' worth of spoil
• A significant proportion of the site of BGGC is badly contaminated with toxic waster over an aquifer. How will our drinking water supplies be protected?
• The Local Plan is unsustainable and undeliverable in its current draft form, be advised on how to protect Ightham