Local residents take the chance to view plans for new homes in Ditton and East Malling

More than 300 local people took the opportunity to view plans for new homes on two parcels of land owned by East Malling Trust (EMT) across two public exhibitions last week.

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, went on display in both villages onWednesday and Thursday (October 31 and November 1).

If approved the developments would 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 support the operations of the 69businesses based at NIAB EMR.

Visitors to the exhibitions were able to view details of draft illustrative Masterplans and talk with members of the project group to express their views.

Oliver Doubleday, Chairman of East MallingTrust, said: “We are grateful that so many people took the time to come and see what is being proposed at Ditton Edge and Parkside and find out how the developments would help support continued scientific research at East Malling. 

“We have received a lot of feedback from thee vents and are collating and considering all the comments made, many of which were positive and supportive of continued scientific research at East Malling, but some of which also raised points about the housing proposals that we take seriously and are giving careful consideration to.

“The views expressed by local residents will be important to us as we finalise the outline planning applications for both locations, which we hope to submit to Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council in the next month or so.”

Full details of both proposals and an opportunity to submit comments on them are available at www.emt-planningforthefuture.co.uk for those who were unable to attend either of last week’s events.