This page has been created by residents in the village to help share knowledge of the process to ‘have your say’ on a planning application

  1. What can I comment on?
    Swale Borough Council will consider all comments they receive, but when making the formal decision they only take account of matters known as ‘material planning considerations’. This page outlines a number of the material planning considerations.
  2. How do I submit a comment?
    Comments will only count if they are submitted to Swale Borough Council before the deadline. We’ve prepared a step-by-step guide to submitting you comments. Click here to view the guide.
  3. What are our concerns?
    We have started to add some of our concerns and the impact that they would have. If you have any additional suggestions, please let us know.
  4. In addition, its important to include a paragraph on why it is important to you that you feel compelled to comment.

Why do you feel compelled to comment?

  • The enjoyment of the rural village life
  • The impact on personal health (physical and mental) for you and your family
  • The impact on the countryside
  • The impact on your business
  • The impact on your club, society or hobby


The application proposes to build on some of the country’s ‘Best Most Versatile’ land. Natural England aims to protect BMV land from significant, inappropriate and unsustainable development proposals.  We need to put a value on soil as part of our natural capital. 


An estimated 5000* extra car journeys/day. Based on 1,250 new dwellings west of Teynham with 1.76cars/household (rural); 
1 journey out; 1 journey back plus service vehicles . This excludes traffic from the other 8000 dwellings, some of which will also use the A2.

The Stockbury Roundabout (M2, J5) redevelopment is designed to unlock growth and development needs of Sittingbourne and its environs. Junction 5a is funded by housing development. If there are no extra houses, the new major road will not be needed.

Rural Setting

The proposed application will result in the loss of local countryside gaps including the loss of separation between settlements; loss of open and undeveloped character of the land; loss of existing natural habitats, and the loss of historic setting for listed buildings. 

Air pollution 

Poor air quality is the largest environmental risk to public health in UK. Teynham already fails some National Air Quality Objectives and is designated an ‘Air Quality Management Area’. Long term exposure to air pollution can cause heart and lung disease and T2 diabetes. 


Existing infrastructure is poor and inadequate, including GPs, dentists, shops and services. Swale has one of the lowest GP to patient ratios in the UK. Proposed schools: Who funds? Water pressure poor in some areas. ‘Highsted Park’ requires approx. extra 2million litres/day

Urban Extension

The two proposed applications represent a substantial urban extension to Sittingbourne. There is a negative cumulative effect of developments in the area. The site is not allocated for development.

Against Govt. Guidance

The UK Government recently changed their advice on the siting of new housing, prioritising brownfield sites and urban areas; protecting green spaces; and encourage more homes to be built in England’s 20 largest cities.


Major planning applications should not be considered until the process of producing the new ‘Swale Local Plan’ has been completed and adopted. The West of Teynham application is not on the current local plan, Bearing Fruits.

Visual appearance

  • Scale of development will change the rural landscape.
  • Bapchild, Teynham & Tonge will become a suburb of Sittingbourne.
  • Loss of identity of Bapchild, Teynham, and Tonge.
  • The proposed development does not take in to account the combined impact of other developments.

Traffic and effects on highway safety

  • Increased traffic on A2
  • Increased issues with poor air quality
  • Increase in cars using rural roads (eg Lower Road)

Noise, smells & disturbance

  • Increased light pollution in rural environment.
  • Increased sound pollution
  • Loss of sounds of wildlife

Loss of trees or other important landscape features

  • Loss of rural footpaths and bridleways leading to a negative impact on the enjoyment of rural setting.
  • The loss of open space between villages.


Effect on listed buildings

  • Loss of historic rural settings for grade II* listed Frognal Farmhouse.
  • Loss of direct line-of-sight between between GII* listed buildings
    (GII* Claxfield Farm > GII* Frognal Farmhouse).

Layout & density of proposed buildings

  • Scale of proposed application will change the rural character of the area for ever.
  • There will be a significant impact on existing infrastructure
  • Water supply: The proposed housing development will require an extra 2 million litres a day. [Swale Local Plan indicates that an allowances of 110 litres of water per person per day; 9,250 homes; average 2 people].
  • There are two planning applications relating to the ‘Highsted Park’. Highsted Park should be seen as a single development with comments applying equally to both planning applications. (Application numbers (21/503906/EIOUT – West of Teynham and 21/503914/EIOUT – Area around South & East of Sittingbourne)
  • The time permitted to review this huge planning application (containing many thousands of pages of technical information) is disproportionate to the scale and complexity of the proposed development.