Lodge Hill latest: Medway writes back to Housing Minister Brandon Lewis pleading against a Call-in

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I have just been sent a copy of the letter which Medway Council has sent to Housing Minister Brandon Lewis, responding to his request for information just before christmas, about Medways plans to build a 5000 house new town on Lodge Hill SSSI, home to the famous nightingales, but actually also an incredibly important place for all sorts of other wildlife, and history.

In essence, in their response Medway seek to dismiss all opposition to Lodge Hill from Natural England, RSPB, Kent Wildlife Trust and over 11,000 people who wrote to the Government asking for this decision to be called in. Medway completely ignore concerns that the Nightingale Compensation land will fail to deliver for Nightingales, while destroying existing high quality (and protected) wildlife areas.

They didn’t even bother to respond to concerns that their plans to translocate all the nature-rich grassland from Lodge Hill to a neighbouring farm…

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