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RESIDENT FORCES COUNCIL TO ABANDON HOUSING DEVELOPMENT PLANS AND RECONSIDER VILLAGE GREEN APPLICATION

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Kent CC is to reconsider its refusal to register a field at the village of Harrietsham as a village green. The vill...
Kent CC is to reconsider its refusal to register a field at the village of Harrietsham as a village green. The village green moves were taken by long-time Harrietsham resident Jessie Gilham in a bid to block residential development of the village's Booth Field.

Now the council has agreed to reconsider its decision on the village green application, after accepting that its decision to refuse the application was not in accordance with one of the regulations that apply to common land registration.

As a result the decision refusing to grant the land village green status has been formally quashed by the high court and an application for judicial review of the council's decision has been dropped.

Mrs Gilham raised her legal challenge to that decision on behalf of Friends of Booth Field, a residents group of which she is a member, and, in papers before the court, she claimed that the council had been biased in its decision because the proposed development on the site was by a private charitable trust.

She claimed among other things that, she and other local residents felt that a better school could be built on a more central site that did not involve the loss of this recreational land, and that the council should bear the cost of such a school.

She argued that by refusing the village green application, she claimed, the county council would effectively be saving itself the cost of providing a new school by raising the money from the sale of the field for residential development.

STRAND NEWS SERVICE

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