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For information on the latest news on the Neighbourhood Plan, please also visit our other website or our facebook page.

LOOSE PARISH COUNCIL (LPC)
Office Hours: Mon-Fri – 9am-5pm
Office Address: Holly Glade Pembroke Road Coxheath Maidstone ME17 4QJ
Joint e-mail address: office@loose-pc.gov.uk

CLERK: Kim Owen – Tel: 07855 000156
Deputy Clerk: Liz McLaren – Tel: 07921 809161 (KGV Pavilion & Playing Field Bookings)
Communications & Media Clerk: Anne Rigby – Tel: 07419 986538 (Website & noticeboards)
Responsible Finance Officer: Jan Capon

Website: www.loosepc.kentparishes.gov.uk

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Loose Neighbourhood Plan

The Strategic Planning and Infrastructure Committee of the Maidstone Borough Council will be meeting on the 25th June 2019 to recommend that the Loose Neighbourhood Plan be passed for a referendum. Click below to view a full copy of the completed Neighbourhood Plan.

http://www.loosepc.kentparishes.gov.uk/loose-neighbourhood-plan/loose-neighbourhood-plan-sg/loose-neighbourhood-plan-final-plan-2018-2031/

Update – May 2019

Now, after some five years work, the Neighbourhood Plan is now complete. It covers many topics but can be divided into three main policy areas, which are further subdivided as follows;

1. Access and Movement Policies
• Improve the pedestrian environment
• The village green

2. Landscape Protection Policies
• Views across village and countryside
• Area of local landscape value
• Design of development in the countryside
• Natural environment in Loose
• Designated local green spaces

3. Design Quality Policies
• Design quality
• Protection & enhancement of the Loose conservation area

Recently, Maidstone Borough Council took it through Regulation 16 stage, when it was proffered to residents and stakeholders in the parish for final comments. There has been considerable liaison with the borough through these later stages.

Following responses, some amendments were made and the plan was submitted by MBC to an independent planning Examiner. He recommended that, subject to some minor amendments, the plan could proceed to a referendum in the parish. These amendments are in hand and when done the plan will presented to the MBC Strategic Planning committee meeting in June for consideration. It should be noted that when a Neighbourhood Plan is “made” it is for the Planning Authority (MBC) to implement.
Given approval is forthcoming, MBC will then organise a referendum (possibly in August) which will seek adoption of the plan with a “yes” or “no” vote by residents of the parish.

The Examiner’s report concludes with the following statement;

“There is no doubt in my view that the Plan reflects the aspirations and objectives of the Loose community for the future development of their community up to 2031”

At this stage Loose Parish Council is confident the plan will be completed within the next three months.
Throughout the period of preparation work on this plan, financial help has been received from central government, Loose amenities and local councillors. For this, they are to be thanked. No LPC precept money has been used in its preparation.
While the plan comes under the banner of the Loose Parish Council, several members of the group working on it are not parish councillors. They are residents giving up their time freely.
Appreciation is also recorded for the sterling work undertaken by the LPC’s consultant – Feria Urbanism.
Finally, it is the community of Loose whose input and comments that have made this Neighbourhood Plan possible.

 

Defibrillator Installed in Phone Box

A defibrillator for the parish has been purchased and installed in the Red Telephone Kiosk, on the Village Green, at the top of Old Loose Hill, just up from the McAlpine Allotments.

The Loose Parish Council would like to thank Community Heartbeat Trust and KCC Councillor Paulina Stockell, for funding this vital local resource.

 

 

Loose Parish Pavilion Vacancies

The parish pavilion has a few vacant slots during weekdays, for anyone wishing to hire it, either on a regular or non-regular basis. We are also able to take bookings for anyone wishing to hire it at weekends, between 9am-10.30pm (events must finish by 10pm – when the music licence expires).

The King George V Playing Field (where the parish pavilion is located) also has vacancies on a Saturday, for any football club looking for a new home ground. 

More details on hiring the pavilion or field.