of CEMEX Factory Site [October
When any further details or information about the proposed Cemex development becomes available, the Parish Council will announce how to obtain this.
Cemex wrote to all residents in Halling & Cuxton on
their plans to submit an outline planning application to Medway
Council on their proposals to redevelop their former cement works
site at Halling.
They held a public exhibition at their offices in Rochester
Road, Halling on Saturday 3 November
2007. This exhibition details and a community newsletter were available on CEMEX’s website www.cemex.co.uk in November 2007.
of CEMEX Factory Site [June
of you will have been along to the CEMEX exhibition earlier in
the year where the Company unveiled its proposals to dispose of
all their land on the western (tall chimney) side of the A228.
a nutshell, CEMEX has decided that they will shortly have no further
use for the land and they propose to sell it for redevelopment.
Before doing so, they are going to apply to Medway Council for
outline planning permission and their preferred option is for
the construction of 675 dwellings on the site. An outline planning
application is, in effect an application for approval in principle,
to give a potential developer an idea of the type of project which
the Council could support when a detailed application is made.
The Parish Council is concerned about a number of issues arising
from the CEMEX proposals, which are summarised below:-
1. The proposals encroach on to the Green Belt, which is something
the Parish Council could not support and a large development
of 675 dwellings on the site may not be achievable, if the Green
Belt is to be protected.
It is difficult to see how the existing transport system can
support any significant development or how it can easily be
improved. In particular, the A228 will be stretched well beyond
its capacity given all the other developments already proceeding
3. We would need to be satisfied that local services such as
schools, doctors, social services, water supply, sewage disposal,
etc can cope with up to an extra 2000 residents.
are some of our main concerns and we have expressed them both
to CEMEX and to Medway Council and the purpose of this article
is really just to bring you up to date with what has been happening.
issue has a long way to run and there will be plenty of opportunity
later for the Parish Council and individuals to make formal comments
when the outline planning application and ultimately, the detailed
application, are submitted to Medway Council.
will update you in the next edtion of Halling View, but if you
need any more information about this or any other parish council
matter, please contact the parish clerk, Bill Swan at the Prish
Office in Halling Community Centre, telephone 01634 241551 or