Petition
    The tiny, unrepresented local population of Chilmington Green opposes the council’s plans for the following reasons:
     
  1. The development would cause severe environmental damage, destroying the habitats of water voles, great crested newts, brown hares, snakes, badgers and bats.  The fields have been productive for centuries and building on them would be a loss of agricultural capacity and valuable biomass.
  2. Development of green field sites like Chilmington Green is environmentally irresponsible – especially when there is space for development in the large, urban brown field areas of Ashford.
  3. Local people are opposed to the council’s plans for their area because the development would destroy the unique historical character, way of life and rural setting of Chilmington Green.  The hamlet comprises 10 listed buildings dating back to the twelfth century and is a near perfect example of an agricultural settlement.
  4. It is inappropriate for Ashford, which is a conurbation in the Stour Valley, to extend beyond its natural borders onto the Kentish Weald
  5. The proposed development is not designed to fulfil a genuine, local economic need.  The plans to develop Chilmington Green are part of an entirely speculative and artificial growth agenda for Ashford.
  6. The cost of building the new town on top of Chilmington Green is over £1 billion (which is approximately 1/30th of the entire military defence budget of the UK).
  7. Growing the size of Ashford by approximately 15-20% will place significant additional pressure on the town’s infrastructure and services.  This will stretch hospitals, schools, roads and other community services.  Another 10,000+ cars will place an intolerable strain on our already congested and disjointed road network.
     
    In this new era of planning “localism”, we are preparing a petition to voice our opposition to the development of Chilmington Green.  Please support the local residents by signing our petition:
    We, the undersigned, petition the Prime Minister, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Ashford Borough Council to abandon any plans, either now or in the future, to permit new building in Chilmington Green or the surrounding countryside:
   
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