Shepway District Council (SDC) has announced plans for a “Garden Town” which would engulf Westenhanger, Newingreen, most of Lympne and some of Sellindge, together with up to 700 hectares (1730 acres) of countryside, bordering on the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Somehow, the council expects local residents to support this while the leader, Cllr David Monk, answers his critics with words like “It is not green space. Most of the time it’s brown, it’s mud, brown mud. It’s cockalooloo land. It is agricultural fields. You can’t say we can’t build on fields. It hardly affects anyone.” (quoted in Folkestone Herald 12/5/16).
Shepway District Council (SDC) have ignored local opposition and have set a course to build a new town of 12,000 houses between Sellindge and Lympne, on productive agricultural land. This is in addition to the 8,750 houses already planned to meet local needs. The new town would cater mainly for London overspill and there has been little evidence that there would be local jobs for the new population. In its plans, much has been made by SDC about the high speed rail link to London providing a good commuter service. SDC have rather ignored the damage, building a complete new town, twice the size of Hythe, would cause in this area of water shortages and overstressed public services, notably NHS and the road network