A PROPOSAL for a retirement village of more than 70 apartments and “cottages” was overwhelmingly opposed by the 40-plus people who attended a public meeting arranged by West Malling Parish Council on April 18 at West Malling Primary School.
Members of the public objected to the use of Green Belt land for housing and felt there were enough properties to cater for retired people in West Malling already.
A number of residents said the greatest housing need in West Malling was for affordable housing for younger families.
Objections also related to the size and design of the apartment blocks proposed for the London Road site.
However the application is an outline one only and therefore the details of such things as parking, and building design provided by the developer were for illustrative purposes only.
The parish council, which is a consultee on the application, has responded to the borough council that it opposes the application on the basis that there is no demonstrated community need for housing of this type to justify development of Green Belt land where it would be an inappropriate use.
Richard Selkirk, chairman of the planning committee, urged residents to send their views to Tonbridge and Malling Council, quoting reference TM//17/0509.