East Malling Trust submits applications for new homes

Outline plans for new homes on two pieces of land owned by East Malling Trust have been submitted to Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council having been updated following public consultation.

The proposals for approximately 300 homes at Ditton Edge, off Kiln Barn Road, Ditton, and approximately 110 homes at Parkside, off New Road, East Malling, were viewed by around 300 local people at two public exhibitions last month.

As a result of feedback received amendments have been made to both proposals and separate outline planning applications foreach site have been submitted to the Borough Council.

If approved the developments will help support the continuation of more than a century of world-class research into top and soft fruits at East Malling by funding investment in a new science campus.

Money generated from the sale of the land if planning permission is granted would also help fund the on-going maintenance of the Grade I listed Bradbourne House and wider estate that is also home to 69 businesses.

Oliver Doubleday, Chairman of East Malling Trust, said: “The comments received from our neighbours in East Malling and Ditton during our consultation are very important to us and, as promised at the time of the exhibitions, have been considered carefully.

“As a result, our planning team has made some important changes to the proposals for both sites and these have been included in our outline applications.”

At Parkside an alternative access to the site has been identified from New Road, midway along the site’s western boundary and about 100m south of the junction with Chapman Way. This means access is no longer proposed to the south of the site via the existing entrance to NIAB EMR.

 At Ditton Edge the footpath proposed along Kiln BarnRoad following the eastern edge of the site now extends north beyond the entrance to Ragstone Court to meet with the existing footpath opposite and will include a dropped kerb and tactile paving at the crossing point, while existing trees along the northern boundary will be retained.

A change in road surface treatment along Kiln Barn Road at the location of the intended access point is also being proposed to encourage traffic calming.

Oliver Doubleday added: “We hope the changes to our proposals alleviate some of the concerns raised by visitors to our exhibitions.

“We are also very aware that the time taken to review the feedback and update the proposals means they have been submitted closer to Christmas than we would have ideally liked and as a result we have written to Tonbridge & Malling council requesting it extends its public consultation period to compensate for this.”

Details of the two applications and how to submit comments can be found via the council website, www.tmbc.gov.uk/landing/planning.

The council's reference for the Parkside, East Malling application is 18/03008/OA.

For Ditton Edge, it is 18/02966/OA.