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Will cabinet decide to sell Stone Lodge?

PUBLISHED: 09:24 22 October 2015 | UPDATED: 09:24 22 October 2015

Stone Lodge, Dartford

Stone Lodge, Dartford

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Cabinet meeting will discuss development plans today

The future of the former site of the farm park at Stone Lodge at Stone is to be discussed by Dartford council’s cabinet tonight.

Councillors are expected to decide to sell off part of the well-known open space.

Earlier this year it was revealed the 32-hectare site could be used in part at least for housing.

The council then decided to hold a six-week public consultation, to get opinions on what to do with the underdeveloped land.

Formerly the site of Stone Lodge Farm Park has been left mostly empty since the nineties.

The land is currently home to an indoor bowls centre, as well as an outdoor bowls centre and a state-of-the-art Judo facility.

Mike Brick, club chairman of the indoor bowls centre, said: “I would be happy to see some development in the area,

“There may be a number of horses on it, and some people like to drive there 4x4s there, but that’s more of a nuisance.

“Where we are, the roads get quite congested, so access to the site is an issue we would raise with any developers.”

The council-owned land has attracted interest from developers.

It is thought the proposals for the site have included golf facilities, a hotel and even a film studio complex.

Stone ward Cllr Jonathon Hawkes said: “The site is earmarked for leisure and recreation, we currently have a lot of housing development plans in Stone. If you look in Dartford there aren’t many places earmarked specifically for leisure so I think it’s a good thing we have this one.

“I want to make sure the council doesn’t run away from that commitment.”

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