Why is the Hoo Peninsula not treated as an equal part of Medway? Do you get the feeling we are being treated unfairly by our Local authority? Do Medway Councillors look across the water at the Hoo Peninsula and see it at as an industrial waste land ripe for development.?
Medway Council have just refused outline planning on the AC Goathams, Pump Lane development in Rainham after 1000s of objections to build 1250 houses.
Medway’s Labour Party said… “A very sensible decision, we need housing in Medway but it’s got to be the right housing in the right place and this proposal was not that” ….. We hope we can rely on the Labour Party for support when applications come forward for 12,000 houses on the wholly inappropriate Hoo Peninsula Medway’s most internationally protected asset.
MP Kelly Tolhurst said in response to a recent letter from a resident… “I have also been following the Council’s progress with their Local Plan closely, and have been disappointed that they have kept pushing the date when they will release the draft plan as this is integral to shaping our future in Medway. I know that the threat of development hangs over the Peninsula and at a time when we are without a Local Plan, it is important that we continue to come together as a community to fight proposals that will only damage the fabric and environment of our area and strain our local infrastructure and services. I fully agree with your concerns about the existing traffic congestion on the Peninsula and the difficulties this already causes to residents across the area, even without the addition of more homes.”
In the meantime Medway Council’s Cabinet is keeping the people of the Hoo Peninsula totally in the dark about its HIF Bid. It is completely unacceptable that Medway Cabinet are pressing ahead with proposals for major transport infrastructure to serve 12,000 new homes on greenfield sites on the Hoo Peninsula without being willing to tell us :-
The environmental impact
The effect of traffic emissions, even though the Four Elms area is an air quality action area.
The location and alignment of the new roads and roundabouts.
Whether they considered the need for new development and infrastructure to be zero carbon by 2050.
Refusal to answer questions
They have refused to answer questions about what they are doing and say they will not tell us until after the deal with Homes England is signed and sealed.
This is entirely contrary to the principles of democratic decision making. The Council’s plans, being cooked up without consultation, behind closed doors, in the town hall will cause immense damge to the rural character of the Hoo Peninsula. The Cabinet is keeping it secret from those most likely to be most affected by this massive and damaging project. We demand to see a masterplan for the project and it should be shown to the people of Hoo before the Council commits itself to this project.
Four specific questions for Medway Council
Why has the Council refused to answer the questions asked by HHPC about the Environmental Impact Assessment?
Why will you not answer questions of the HHPC about the location and alignment of the proposed new roads and roundabouts?
Why will you not answer questions of HHPC about emissions from the extra traffic to be generated by the massive new development?
Why has the Council refused to say whether they took account of the Paris Accord on reaching zero carbon by 2015 in making the HIF bid ?