Herne & Broomfield Parish Council is launching a fighting fund in a bid to stop farmland in Herne being developed as a housing estate. The plan by Hollamby Estates is to build 800 houses.
The Parish Council could have to pay thousands of pounds as part of their battle to block the plans to develop Strode Farm as part of Canterbury City Council’s development plan.
The parish council has already employed a highways consultant, jointly funded with the charity CPRE Protect Kent, and is hoping to employ a planning consultant who would represent it at the official hearing.
At the last parish council meeting, councillors agreed to launch the fund to appeal to local residents to help fight the development, which will have a huge impact on Herne Village, and the local roads including Herne Street and Bullockstone Road. Many children within the parish would be unable to choose Herne Bay High School as they will be pushed out of the catchment area.
People able to help with the cost should send a cheque made payable to Herne & Broomfield Parish Council in an envelope marked Strode Farm, or pop into the parish council office at The Parish Office, Herne Mill, Mill Lane, Herne, Kent CT6 7DR.
For more information phone the parish office 01227 742700.