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Mixed development plans for Stone Lodge

PUBLISHED: 17:04 03 November 2015 | UPDATED: 17:04 03 November 2015

Stone Lodge near Ashcroft which is threatened with development

Stone Lodge near Ashcroft which is threatened with development

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Council leader Jeremy Kite claimed the site will have "a maximum of 25 per cent housing"

The Labour leader for Dartford Council has accused the council of “missing an opportunity” concerning Stone Lodge.

Last month, the Cabinet discussed the future of the site following a public consultation.

As part of the discussion, councillors had the chance to look through the marketing brief ahead of the planned sale of the land.

Jonathon Hawkes, leader of the Labour party for Dartford Council and local councillor for Stone, was disappointed with the turn out of the consultation.

Mr Hawkes said: “The quality of the responses was great and looked in to a lot of detail.

“However I was disappointed with the number of responses we received, I believe we should have more in depth, longer lasting consultations.”

The vacant site’s future has been the subject of discussion for some time, with strong opposition of the site being purely used for housing.

Mr Hawkes, a councillor for Stone ward claims the area already has housing development plans.

Dartford Council leader Jeremy Kite defended the Cabinet’s decision to sell the land.

He said: “As the council had no plans for the site, we had to sell it.

“We have drawn a red line in the sand that no more than 25 per cent of the land will be used for housing.

“We have considered the consultation responses, especially from Stone Parish Council, and we have made it clear that 25 per cent is the maximum amount of housing.”

Any proposals will now be dealt with by Dartford Council’s development control board.

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