Lodge Hill latest: Housing Minister Lewis ruins Christmas for Medway Planning Committee members

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The battle of Lodge Hill has gone a bit quiet since the Rochester and Strood byelection, when all the candidates except Labour were clamouring to be seen as the one true defender of Lodge Hill, despite the fact that both UKIP and Tory candidates had previously supported its development.

If you recall, the Tory run Medway Council gave the development planning permission, when its planning committee voted unanimously to approve the scheme, despite the fact that the sight had been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest a matter of months earlier. As Natural England had (bravely) maintained their objection to the development, they had asked for the permission to be “called in”, for the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, bird watcher Eric Pickles, to decide  whether it should be confirmed, or whether it should be debated at a Public Inquiry.

Pickles side-stepped having to make…

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