Documents and Useful websites

  1. The Developer's Documents: see all the documents here. 32+ Documents - but they are not all equal!
  2. Priorities: Documents that you may find helpful roughly in order of importance in Planning:
    - Planning Policy
    - Air Quality & Transport
    - Arguments and Issues (see right)

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WHO TO WRITE TO AND HOW


PLANNING POLICY LINKS

  1. Lynsted Parish Council Meeting: 29th February: Community Report on what we heard.
  2. Swale Borough Council Home Page for the emerging "Bearing Fruits (2031)"

National Planning Searchable Guidelines Website

  1. Sketch Plan for 120 homes (Picture)
  2. Aerial View of Site, including adjacent land offered by landowner for 170 more homes. (Picture)
  3. Agricultural Land south of A2 is classified as "Excellent" (Borough Planners should protect from development) (Picture)
  4. National Planning Policy Framework (2012) PDF. A key document governing planning authorities responsibilities.
  5. Ministerial Letter regarding "prematurity" and emerging Borough Plans. Read PDF
  6. National Planning Policy Guidance - online Government Resource. For the first time, planning practice guidance is easily accessible, searchable.

AIR QUALITY LINKS

  1. N.I.C.E. (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) is leading a consultation on the many causes, harmful impacts and potential actions around roadside pollution for homes, pedestrians, workers, etc. (updated 1st December 2016)
  2. Department of Transport Traffic Counts for Kent. Map created by me to show which "counting points" affect the A2/AQMA5 - these (#) references are important if you are going to make sense of the huge database..or you can look at the data (including traffic types) for our stretch of the road.
  3. Swale Home Page for "Air Pollution"
  4. Swale Borough Council Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) Order No.5 (Teynham) - The reference to Teynham is shorthand for the whole community on both sides of the A2.
  5. Full Teynham Air Quality Technical Report (small PDF)
  6. Ospringe Street AQMA LAQM Further Assessment (Jan 2013) PDF.
  7. Swale Annual Reports on Local Air Quality Management (LAQM):: 2013 Report:: 2014 Report (identified "exceedence" of regulatory 'safe levels' of harmful pollution set by Europe. Note: World Health Organisation suggests much lower thresholds for "harm")
  8. Local Air Quality Management - Technical Guidance can be downloaded. (PDF 2.45Mb, 318 pages). Local Authorities carry out their duties under the Environment Act 1995 and subsequent Regulations. These Review and Assessments form the cornerstone of the system of Local Air Quality Management (LAQM).
  9. Kent Air Website - PDF downloads are corrupted for Teynham AQMA5.
  10. World Health Organisation (WHO) Technical Report on_Harmful_Air_Pollution (2013) PDF. Answers 24 questions on air pollution and health aspects.
  11. Kent Environment Strategy (March 2016) - PDF Download from KCC.
  12. WHO Report on Health Effects of Black Carbon (Harmful Particulates) (2012) PDF.
  13. WHO Health effects of Particulate Matter (2013) PDF. Good plain English introduction - written for Eastern Europe, but science remains the same.
  14. Kent Air - describing wider pollution across the Kent county
    Website: www.kentair.org.uk

National Air Monitoring Service and Resource - Low detail at local level. National background figures.
Website: uk-air.defra.gov.uk

August 2017 Update

Dear Residents and Neighbours,

Another authoritative piece on the challenges facing communities currently suffering pollution concentrations at harmful levels.
Source: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

This link gives you access to the latest advice being provided to local authorities from NICE. It also brings together in one place a few key pieces of current evidence.

There are further links at that page, but for convenience (time is precious!) I have reproduced their introduction and links below for you to explore:-

No-idling zones could be used as a way to decrease the level of pollutants those people most at risk are exposed to."

This a mix of technical as well as very accessible advice, intended to help local authorities and communities protect their health. In particular, the latest thoughts on finer particles.


 

1. Borough Plan "Bearing Fruits" - Latest
2. Lynsted: 120 Homes Proposal - Latest
Developer's "Technical Response" (20th June 2017) to KCC Rejection letter of 20th March 2017 - KCC rejection based on non-suitability of Lynsted Lane, the proposal falling outside SBC Borough Plan allocation. (Updated 26th June)
3. Teynham: 300++ Homes and Industry - Latest
Agreed Expiry Date Thursday 9 March 2017 (updated 11th February)


POLLUTION IN THE NEWS - idle away a couple of minutes!


BOROUGH PLAN: LATEST

Anyone who made a comment on the Swale Borough Plan should have received a letter or email with two attachments setting out the timetable and ambitions for the resumption of the process leading to approval of the new Swale Borough Plan ("Bearing Fruits").
However, if those files went into Spam, as mine did,
I have copied them (PDF links below) for your convenience.
The key point is that the review process is now firmly under way for the Inspector to judge whether Swale Borough Council has done enough to meet her earlier judgements.
--- Letter from Swale Borough Council ---
--- Letter from the Planning Inspector about Next Steps ---

(Setting out her timetable and objectives)

SWALE BOROUGH COUNCIL "BOROUGH PLAN" UPDATING NOTES

*** Your submissions on the Borough Plan ***
must be received by Swale Borough Council by 19th January 1917

KEEP AWARE OF SBC's AND THE INSPECTOR's TIMETABLE AND CHANGES:-


LYNSTED LATEST

20th June: Developers have submitted "technical responses" on:

See see all the documents here - the Planning Portal page for Lynsted Lane development papers.

Developer's have submitted revised papers on 3rd February about the application for 120 new homes south of the A2:

This link takes you to the main page for the development, where you can see the two new documents.

The developer continues to pretend - harm to the health of residents has to be assessed on a 'cumulative' basis. The developers accept that there will be an impact but try to argue that the increased pollution shouldn't worry us! They also ignore the smaller particles and combustion gases that are called "PM2.5" - these smaller particles turn out to be harmful because they can reach and stick to the deepest parts of our lungs, in our blood and in our organs.

The developers also try to argue that the land IS the highest quality but such a "small" area of land is too insignificant to be taken seriously..... They argue that Swale Borough Council is lookin at other comparable soil to build on, so they should let the land south of the A2 go the same way. In short, the land behind our homes south of the A2 is so small that it doesn't matter if we lose that agricultural land (even if it is the best land for agriculture!).


120 Homes Determination Deadline: MOVED AGAIN

Sent: Friday, January 06, 2017 10:27 AM
To: Mike Whiting (Cllr); Lloyd Bowen (Cllr)
Cc: Andrew Byrne
Subject: RE: 120 Homes South of the A2/London Road, Lynsted Parish

Hi Mike and Llloyd

Following an update from the case officer, Andrew Byrne, the latest position on the planning application is as follows:

If officers were minded to refuse the application, which is likely, then we would be in a position to determine the application through delegated powers. I have asked Andrew to keep you informed of progress

Kind regards

James Freeman I Head of Planning I Planning Services


TEYNHAM LATEST
Up to 300 Homes + Employment Area (26,840sqm)

Land off Frognall Lane was originally identified by SBC as suited to 260 homes!
If permitted, this will add significant pollution
(an existing source of harm confirmed by AQMA5).
Equivalent to around 600 or more vehicles
arriving/leaving for work, shopping, deliveries, school runs and socialising
PLUS the employment generated traffic (workers and deliveries/despatch).
ALL of this will add directly to the A2 at a roundabout at Claxfield Lane.
This additional traffic will have priority over traffic
coming from Greenstreet/London Road to the East.
This must worsen traffic backing up eastwards into the A2
between Teynham and Lynsted Parishes.
If you have a view - visit this link TEYNHAM: 16/507689/OUT
DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS - 9th DECEMBER EXTENDED
{Teynham Parish Council has complained about this short deadline
because the application has more than 100 documents!}

MAKING SENSE OF Department of Transport's TRAFFIC COUNTS FOR TEYNHAM and THE A2

Traffic Counts A2

Raw Traffic Data: The data counting points (A,B,C, etc....) are found in a massive Department of Transport annual traffic-counting exercise. I have reproduced the measures in an Excel file. You will see that the numbers for "C" and "D" are broadly the same - after all, where else would the traffic go? The figures for 2015 are out of kilter with the trends in data elsewhree locally and nationally, so something else is at work there.


RULE No.1: PRIORITISE
DON'T BE 'INTIMIDATED' BY THE VOLUME AND LENGTH OF DOCUMENTS
Not All Documents are Equal

Remember the key issues for us are POLICY ISSUES

If this Planning Application gets through SBC Planning Committee
or it is altered in any material way .....

RULE No.2: DO NOT WRITE JUST ONCE!
Every change submitted by Developers
means the 'start gun' is fired again by the SBC Planning Department.
After all, if there have been changes, SBC may assume you have changed your mind if you don't react to each change.


UNFOLDING STEPS OF THE "120 HOMES" (Lynsted Parish)

OPENING SHOTS: ON THE FACE OF IT....
The application [Reference: 16/506237/OUT] is for outline approval for access to be built between the
120 Home Development and Lynsted Lane.

It is clear that permission for access to Lynsted Lane
is made in the context of the fully worked up
planning application shown in the 23 documents attached to it

for 120 homes behind
the entrance on Lynsted Lane.

SCOTT PROPERTY GROUP THROUGH THEIR AGENTS ICENI PROJECTS ARE TRYING TO "DE-LINK" ACCESS TO LYNSTED LANE FROM PLANNING POLICY

The issues are intertwined, so this application should be fought.

A MENU OF ISSUES

The key issues for Swale Borough Councillors are POLICY ISSUES

Borough Councillors need to hear all views for and against this proposal.
Even if someone else has said what you wanted to.
Add your name and comments.

Teynham Allocations (June 2016)
  Dwellings Industrial/
office floor space (sq m)
Land at Frognal Lane 260 26,840
Land East of Station Road 107 0
Land adjacent to Mayfield, London Road 13 0
Barrow Green Farm 30 0
Total Teynham 410 26,840 sq. metres

"Personal impact" statements can be added to the key policy objections to show how passionate individuals are - even if they are not persuasive in Planning Policy terms.

take photographs

Photographic evidence of congestion issues taken at different times, different days, in and out of school terms will all help reinforce our case - I am happy to host on this website any/all those photographs if you supply times and dates for each photograph or batch of photographs.


More flesh on the bones ....

CONSULTATION:

THE INSPECTOR RETURNS IN 2017

The Inspector has received a great many comments on the Borough Plan (Bearing Fruits) and will resume her hearings from 31st January 2017. Formal Notification was given on 4th November 2016.


 

WHAT IS "IN IT" FOR SWALE BOROUGH COUNCIL?



EARLIER DOCUMENTS & DEVELOPMENTS - RETAINED FOR YOUR INFORMATION
MATTERS HAVE MOVED ON WITH SCOTT PROPERTIES
OPTING TO TRY AND 'DE-LINK' ACCESS FROM PLANNING POLICY

IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENTS - DON'T RELAX!

Keep an eye on this page!

On the face of it, these meetings are encouraging but .... always a 'but' ....

So, let's not hold our breath - keep vigilant.


 

29th February Parish Council Presentation. Our report on what more than 20 residents heard at the Lynsted Parish Council meeting that invited Essex developers (Scott Property Group) wanting to build on fields next to houses on the south side of the A2. We also heard about the dangerous levels of pollution that we are already experiencing. Community Report.

11th April Public Exhibitions in Teynham Community Hall (1pm to 4pm) and Belle Friday Centre (5.30pm to 8pm).

Our Community - why "Greenstreet"?

Until just after World War 1, the whole residential and commercial community on both sides of London Road was officially recognised as "Greenstreet" because this was the main population between Faversham and Sittingbourne. It was the Post Office (Faversham) who wanted to identify the Parishes separately. Since then, there has been a lack of clear identity for our Community in the business of our two Parish Councils. It is worrying that Swale Borough Council has identified the new proposals with "Teynham" although it falls entirely in Lynsted Parish.


DOCUMENTS/CORRESPONDENCE

Perry Court (Faversham) - Approved - 1st April 2016

Perry Court (Faversham) greenfield site is agreed for development because SBC fear legal challenges that they cannot afford to defend even if policy guidance steers local authorities away from using highest grade agricultural land (greenfield) and ignores fears about pollution - ignoring the "cumulative impact" on existing polluted areas like Teynham/Lynsted. As Councillor Simmons put it after this frustrating planning meeting: "
- Kent online report
- Councillor Simmons's speech - 31st March Planning Committee Public Meeting


1st April resident's letter arguing that this proposal is getting a bit ahead of itself - so called "prematurity".

Points raised

Full document can be read here (PDF)


 

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING on 29th February 2016

London Road and Lynsted Lane under threat from Dangerous Pollution levels and 120 new homes

Over 20 Lynsted Parishioners attended Lynsted with Kingsdown Parish Council’s meeting on Monday 29th February to hear about two related and important issues that affect all of us along the A2 and Lynsted Lane.

An extremely unprofessional presentation was given by Essex developers, Scott Properties, who want to build 120 houses on the field lying immediately behind the existing homes along the south of London Road (ME9 9QH), in Lynsted Parish. Vehicular access for approximately 300 cars (that is an estimated 600+ extra vehicle movements each day: commuting, shopping, school-runs, deliveries, bin collections, etc) will flow into Lynsted Lane.

Unfortunately for them the first line of their presentation was known not to be true! Their claim that Swale Borough Council (SBC) had offered “positive support” for this proposal misrepresents the case. Their presentation was not helped by using the wrong postcode in their submission to SBC, putting the site clearly on the Teynham/Frognal Lane side of London Road. This schoolboy error led them to give a presentation to Teynham Parish Council on the plans!

The risk to residents is that SBC does lump Parish Council areas together to weaken arguments against development encroaching further south of the A2. So, their paperwork lumps this part of Lynsted Parish into "Teynham".

They went on to misrepresent SBC’s position by claiming SBC did not have the required “5 year plan”. This is misleading. SBC are currently reviewing their draft 5-year plan as required by Government Planning Inspectors. The facts are:

The developers didn't know that the land (even after brick-earth extraction) has been classified by central government (DEFRA 2005) as “excellent” agricultural land. The most productive and most flexible agricultural land.

National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF - 2012) states “Local planning authorities should take into account the economic and other benefits of the best and most versatile agricultural land. Where significant development of agricultural land is demonstrated to be necessary, local planning authorities should seek to use areas of poorer quality land in preference to that of a higher quality.” This land has for many years been rejected by SBC for good reasons.

It was clear the developers had not done their homework:

When asked directly “what would be the benefits to the local community?” the developers fell silent and then a voice from the floor was heard to say - “that would be none then!” They did offer up a footpath going south from London Road to the development. We had to explain the path already existed and they were planning to build over most of it!

If this plan goes ahead, it would set a precedent and may look attractive to the landowners of the parcel of land along the back of the rest of the houses off the A2 leading onto Claxfield Lane (which is currently said to be suitable for 157 more homes) and possibly turning Claxfield Lane into a major junction.

The current “draft” site plan is on the Swale planning portal or as a PDF file on this site or as an image here.

The developers have promised a community consultation open day prior to any plans being formally submitted. If you want to be kept in touch please email sos@lynsted.com.

The Second Topic – Pollution on London Road

Cllr David Simmonds (SBC Cabinet Member for the Environment and Rural Affairs) reported that SBC had made an Order (February 2016) to establish an Air Quality Management Area (No.5) along London Road where it passes through Lynsted/Teynham Parishes. The “crunch” for everyone living, working, shopping and travelling along London Road is that pollution concentrations have already hit dangerous levels of nitrogen-dioxide poisoning.

Pollution is difficult to see
Seeing exhaust invisible exhaust

Today's pollution is completely different to the 'smogs' or 'peasoupers' of the 1950s and earlier. The harmful gases today are invisible and odourless, the particles are several times smaller that the width of one of your hairs. Most of this type of pollution along the A2 comes from diesel engines of lorries and vans. Many vehicles come from Europe and do not meet the most modern emission standards. So, pollution levels are rising with trade flows and will not reduce any time soon, especially with the recently approved doubling of capacity of the Fowler Welch coldstore.

Transport is responsible for 80% of all NOx pollution on UK road links outside London. This is due to both the significant growth in vehicle numbers over the last ten years and the emissions standards not delivering the expected reductions under real world driving conditions (rather than laboratory conditions). [Source: DEFRA]

Mortality Figures: An estimate of an effect on mortality equivalent to 23,500 deaths annually in the UK has been made on the basis of NO2 concentrations. Many of the sources of NOx are also sources of particulate matter (PM). The impact of exposure to small particulate matter pollution (PM2.5) is estimated to have an effect on mortality equivalent to nearly 29,000 deaths in the UK. There may be overlap between these two estimates of mortality, but the combined impact of these two pollutants is a significant challenge to public health. Recommended limits for exposure have been set taking account of guidelines by the World Health Organisation.

The smallest particles pass through membranes and into our blood, lung and brain tissues.

Particulate sizes

We are not alone. Previous Orders have already been made along the A2 at Ospringe, two sites in Sittingbourne, and Newington. Swale has now to explore strategies (if they can) to reduce harmful pollution all along the residential areas facing onto the A2 where traffic accelerates, decelerates and stops.

Pollution is concentrated:-

street canyons

When buying or renting their properties on the A2, residents said they accepted the traffic (including noise and light pollution) in front of their properties – but that was offset by the sanctuary given by their gardens and the ‘lung’ of fresh air coming from the south-west (the prevailing wind direction). Significant building on those fields would further pollute residents with no respite.

Cllr Simmons agreed to look at adding pollution measurement points all along the built-up area of London Road. Measurements are now being taken outside the Belle Friday Centre, near Frognal Lane.

All efforts have so far failed to improve air quality along the A2 (see Ospringe evidence). In fact, all types of traffic have increased in recent years as more lorries and cars join the A2 – so, pollution levels are rising (recently measured and confirmed at Ospringe, which shares our traffic and the same problems).

National Planning Policy Framework (2012) says: “In preparing plans to meet development needs, the aim should be to minimise pollution and other adverse effects on the local and natural environment. Plans should allocate land with the least environmental or amenity value, where consistent with other policies in this Framework.”

The pollution will affect residents, shoppers, visitors, cyclists, pedestrians and car users. We already face worsening conditions when the Fowler Welch development opens its extension and doubles its flow of lorries (the worst and most dangerous polluters). If SBC allows any more housing developments between Faversham and Sittingbourne we will be polluted even further! Without the long promised southern relief road, new traffic can only go east or west along the A2 – there is no escape.

Where does this leave us?

This is not the only part of Lynsted Parish that is under threat!

If you want to know more, or would like some info into how to make your views known to Swale Borough Council, go to www.lynsted.com for further details. If you would like to be kept up to date with issues affecting our Parish, email sos@lynsted.com.

 

Last updated: 03-Aug-2017

KEEPING IN TOUCH

Useful Contact List
at the bottom of this column

Why Your Voice Matters

  1. This is your Community;
  2. The impacts are felt by visitors, householders, children and workers alike;
  3. Impacts of noise and vibration affect houses that sit close to the road;
  4. Pollution - AQMA 5 establishes the fact of harmful pollution - See full assessment.
  5. The two Parish Councils involved have a poor record of working together;
  6. Support the Borough Plan (Draft), because it supports us - no development south of the A2 and cut-down pollution on the A2. But it also supports development in Teynham Parish that will create more pollution! So keep an eye on that too!
  7. These Developers are trying to avoid the Planning Processes that say quite clearly that they should be turned down.

TIMETABLE AND STRATEGIES

  1. SWALE BOROUGH COUNCIL TIMETABLE - PDF posted 4th April 2016. Take a look at the Library of documents on SBC website (HINT: search on year to find latest documents). Now that public consultation is over - SBC says: "We will also issue an updated programme on the next steps in the process and reconvening the Examination in Public. The programme should be issued late September/early October, so please check back here for further details."
  2. Lynsted Parish Council agendas and Minutes - decisions are made on your behalf. Make sure you are aware of changes, policies, decisions and services by visiting the Parish Council website regularly.....avoid any surprises.
  3. SENSITIVE EDGES. The "sensitive edge" to the south of the London Road is based on the democratic arguments found in - Lynsted Parish Design Statement.

CONTACTS (copy them all in on any comments you want to make):