Representatives from DHA Planning and Taylor Wimpey presented to the Full Council at a special meeting on Wednesday 7th December about the planned development at St James Pit II. Residents are able to view documentation relating to the proposed development and make comment by clicking here. The key points from the presentation are outlined below.  

  • The site will consist of 763 new homes with 24% of the homes being affordable housing. This will be a mix of 2, 2.5, 3 and 4 storey dwellings. 
  • The site will include 1386 parking spaces and is aligned with the Dartford Parking Standards. 
  • The work will see new junctions created from Watling Street and London Road to access the site with work for the junction to enter the development from London Road being scheduled to start in January. 
  • The development will include a spine road that links Watling Street with London Road. 
  • New traffic counts were used to inform the adaptations to traffic management as it was recognised that traffic has increased since the planning process started for the site. The junction from Watling Street into the new site and the junction from London Road into the new site will be signal controlled. It is proposed that the road be marked with two lanes at Watling Street to support the management of traffic in this area. 
  • A continuous footpath will be created on Watling Street, providing better links to the bus stop in the area. 
  • The development will provide better connection through Stone with additional footpaths connecting via the southern end of the allotments through the new development and into Stone Recreation Ground. Helping residents have easier access to schools and open green space. 
  • The site will include provision for a potential retail unit and medical centre. 
  • The housing will be brick built. 
  • 30% of the site will be open space, making the site a mid-density scheme when looking at hectares per property. 
  • The site has been developed so the northern area nearer London Road feels more urban with it feeling increasingly suburban as you move south through the site. 

Following the presentation Members of the Council raised the following points and the responses are included below. 

  • The council queried how the developers would make the building of the site as carbon neutral as possible as the council is fully committed to being carbon neutral by 2030 and would like to support all developments within the parish to meet this objective. As stated in the council’s strategic plan we will make representations on behalf of the parish on all planning applications having an impact on the parish to ensure community aspirations pertaining to the Neighbourhood Plan are met. London Road has already been identified as a Quality Management Area as they exceed objectives for both nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate (PM10) levels. 
  • The council questioned energy supply for the site as it was noted that most properties will have a gas boiler. Representatives highlighted how the planning application complied with 2021 building regulations, although the 2025 building regulations are likely to stipulate how new developments must reduce their dependence on fossil fuels and potentially state sites should not make use of any fossil fuels. Representatives also highlighted how the technology for using renewable energy sources is still not developed enough but homes on the site will benefit from the inclusion of solar panels. 
  • Councillors highlighted the ongoing issues with flooding in London Road. The proposed new scheme will see improved drainage in this area which should assist with the flooding that takes place. 
  • Councillors highlighted how the parking of lorries along London Road continues to be a concern for residents. Representatives highlighted how the proposed changes to the junction at London Road will help with this but may not fully resolve the problem. 
  • Members questioned how the design of the site is in keeping with the area. The designers highlighted how the larger 4 storey blocks which will contain the flats are situated in areas that do not currently have housing as they want to avoid putting larger blocks near existing housing. 
  • Members questioned the likelihood of a GP practice materialising on the site as planned as they felt this is a much-needed piece of infrastructure required for the area. The developers highlighted that the tender process for such units cannot yet begin until planning matters are resolved. Both Members and the developers highlighted that it is the lack of doctors which makes this process challenging but are hopeful they will find someone to take on a practice. Should a GP practice not happen the site could be used for other medical care such as a dentist or pharmacy. 

Residents can view documentation relating to the proposed development and make comment by clicking here.