The Town Council is disappointed to learn that the appeal by the town centre owners U&I to the National Planning Inspector has been allowed.
While the Town Council has always supported the idea of re-development of the town centre, the Town Council could not support many points of the application, including the over intensification of development of this site, the out of proportion high rise development, the lack of appropriate parking provision, the lack of affordable purchasable properties, and many other issues of concern that residents raised.
The Town Council, and local district and county councillors, strongly objected in every consultation response to the scheme, proposing a more moderate and in keeping development with the town.
It also was represented by a number of Councillors at the public Planning Appeal to speak against the development.
Mayor of Swanley Councillor Lesley Dyball said “I know many residents will feel they have not been listened to by the national Planning Inspector, with many residents giving incredibly passionate and well prepared speeches at the public inquiry.
Swanley Town Council is also disappointed with this outcome, and we thank all those residents, including the Swanley Action Group, who took the time to fight against it.
As the U & I Development is a phased build it is likely to take many years for the whole development to be completed, so Swanley Town Council will continue to lobby the developers to ensure that promises by them are kept, including the suitable relocation of the Cedars Surgery, and that disruption from the construction is minimalised as far as possible for local residents and businesses.”