Plans to Protect Green Spaces Given the Go-Ahead

10th Apr 2019

Plans to create a Selective Neighbourhood Plan (SNP) for Tenterden, giving legal protection against speculative housing development on the town's green spaces, were given the formal go-ahead on Monday, 8 April by the Town Council planning committee.


The SNP will be formally launched to the public at a three-day event on 7, 8 and 11 May at St Mildred's Church, following a pre-launch meeting at the Town Hall last week which attracted 50 people. Two thirds of those who attended said they wanted to participate in the scheme as it develops.


The SNP will identify those areas which should be designated protected for future generations and is backed by MP Damian Green and the town's Local Green Spaces Group.


A working group of residents and town councillors will be set up to pinpoint sites of importance to the community, valuable for their natural beauty, tranquillity, historic significance, recreational benefit or the protection of wildlife.


It is expected to take up to two years to finally submit the SNP for statutory ratification.


Tenterden Town Clerk Phil Burgess said: "We would wholeheartedly encourage local people to take part in this initiative, which offers the best possible protection for our green spaces."