Lodge Hill

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The fight to #SaveLodgeHill continues, with a new application on the horizon and another consultation on Medway Council's Local Plan currently underway. Please help us to…

#SaveLodgeHill

This time last year we were asking you to respond to Medway Council's consultation, to ask them not to allocate Lodge Hill for development. THANK YOU to those of you that did!

Unfortunately the new consultation still singles out much of Lodge Hill for destruction in one of the development scenarios, so we are asking you once again to respond to the consultation and tell Medway Council to not allocate Lodge Hill SSSI for development.

 

How to respond to the consultation

The most effective way is to submit an individual response, either by:

Writing a letter to:

Planning Policy Team,
Regeneration, Culture, Environment and Transformation,
Medway Council,
Gun Wharf,
Dock Road,
Chatham
Kent
ME4 4TR

OR

Sending an email to: futuremedway@medway.gov.uk

OR

Filling in the online form on Medway’s Website HERE.

The consultation, including all the documents, can be found on Medway Council’s website HERE.

 

OR

You can also submit a response via the online eAction that has been set up to support the #SaveLodgeHill campaign that can be found HERE.

 

What's so special about Lodge Hill?

Chattenden Woods and Lodge Hill Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) is a nationally important area of ancient woodland and rare grassland that supports one of the largest populations of nightingales in the UK.

The site is a rich mosaic of many habitats, and is home to several badger families, several species of bat and many bat roosts, an exceptional population of reptiles – including lizards, slow worms, grass snakes and adders – great crested newts, toads, rare insects, flowers and invertebrates. There are many bird species there too – including three species of owl. There are too many species to list them all here, and we may not know the full extent until a new planning application is submitted with more up-to-date survey work.

Kent Wildlife Trust has been allowed to visit the site on a few occasions. Photos from May 2017 can be seen HERE, and from November 2016 HERE.

 

Why we believe Lodge Hill should not be developed

  • Lodge Hill is a nationally important wildlife site, and designated as such. It is a fantastic asset in the nation’s natural heritage, and should be protected and looked after for future generations.
  • Development of Lodge Hill could set a dangerous precedent for SSSIs across the country if planning policy regarding their protection is seen to be weak, opening the door for development applications nationwide.
  • The mitigation and compensation that would be necessary is untested, and extremely high risk. What is more, it is likely that this would be attempted on different sites, so the uniqueness of Lodge Hill would be lost forever.

 

Don’t people need homes?

The choice faced is not whether to protect Lodge Hill or build houses, but how and where to build those houses.

 

The #SaveLodgeHill partnership…

The #SaveLodgeHill campaign is a partnership including Kent Wildlife Trust, RSPB, Buglife, Butterfly Conservation, Friends of the North Kent Marshes, Medway Countryside Forum, the Woodland Trust and you, the most essential part. We are working together to try and save Lodge Hill for future generations.