Marden Parish Council
MAIDSTONE BOROUGH COUNCIL - LOCAL PLAN REVIEW
Maidstone Borough Council has advertised the Local Plan Review consultation (deadline for response in 5pm on Monday 30th September 2019). www.maidstone.gov.uk
This consultation is for the "Scoping, Themes and Issues" and its purpose is to set out, and get views on, the key issues that the Local Plan Review will need to address. This consultation covers Embracing Growth and Enabling Infrastructure; Safe, Clean and Green; A Thriving Place; and Homes and Communities. Please note this does not include the Call for Sites (land allocation) consultation however the Parish Council has been informed that details of this will be forthcoming later in the year - at which time residents will be informed and consulted on and a public consultation morning will be held.
Below can be found the three documents that MBC have produced:
(1) Local Plan Review - Technical Document - Scoping, Themes and Issues
(2) Local Plan Review - Summary Document - Scoping, Themes and Issues
(3) Local Plan Review - Response form
Alternatively visit https://www.maidstone.gov.uk/home/primary-services/planning-and-building/primary-areas/local-plan-review to respond online.
Hard copies can be viewed at Marden Library or copies of the Summary Document and Response Form can be obtained from the Parish Office.
The Parish Council is discussing this at their next three Planning Committee meetings and their full response will be discussed at Full Council on 10th September at which time a copy will be placed on this website.
All residents are encouraged to read the documents and respond within the timescale. If you would also like to make comment to Marden Parish Councillors please send an email or letter to the Parish Clerk, Marden Parish Office, Marden Memorial Hall, Goudhurst Road, Marden, Kent TN12 9JX / email: clerk:mardenkent-pc.gov.uk before the 10th September to enable these to be presented to Full Council.
IF THERE IS ANYTHING YOU WISH TO KNOW OR VIEW AND IT IS NOT HERE PLEASE CONTACT THE PARISH OFFICE - 01622 832305
Marden Parish Council was first elected in 1894 and this year celebrates 125 years of representing the residents of Marden. Since then it has had 12 Chairmen and 9 Clerks. MPC currently has 11 Councillors, 10 standing for election in 2016, one co-opted following the elections and one elected at the By-Election on 27th June 2019. The next Parish Council elections are due in 2020.
Marden Parish Council is part of Marden, Yalding, Nettlestead and Collier Street Ward within Maidstone Borough Council. Originally Collier Street was part of Marden Parish Council but split away approximately 20 years ago.
The Parish of Marden, which includes Chainhurst, consists of mainly mixed farming and has a population of just over 4000 and with future development of approximately 500 dwellings due in the next few years this will grow tremendously.
MPC owns two areas of open space, one being the main playing field with football pitch and two play areas and the other being a more tranquil area with a play trail and picnic benches. MPC also owns the parish cemetery which opened in 1932 following a compulsory purchase order from a local farm. A new section is due to open within the next two years and a further acre is still available for future interments.
Over the years the role of the Parish Council has evolved and now includes running the annual summer play scheme, Christmas activities, managing the public conveniences, play equipment along with every day roles of risk assessments, finance, planning etc.
Marden Parish FAQs
Marden PC has produced two new FAQs and these can be found on the relevant pages:
Possible Future Development Proposals FAQs May 2019 - MBC Local Plan Review page
Marden Neighbourhood Plan FAQS May 2019 - Marden Neighbourhood Plan page