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Land at Clockhouse Farm, Coxheath

  • Hume Planning was involved in the option negotiations with landowners and the promotion of this 3.2 hectare greenfield site for nearly 10 years.
  • Maidstone BC resolved to grant outline planning permission for 72 dwellings and 43 extra care units with community open space in early 2015.
  • The site, although well related to the village, had a number of technical issues to take into consideration including the need for greenfield releases, highways, ecology, landscape, setting of listed buildings and community and infrastructure capacity issues.
  • Coxheath, although containing a number of services and facilities, was not identified as a Rural Service Centre (RSC) and during the early stages of the local plan process, no expansion was proposed for the settlement.
  • At this early stage of the plan process, Hume Planning on behalf of Hillreed Homes, engaged with the Parish Council to understand the local issues and constraints. Following a series of Local Exhibitions, a mixed use proposal comprising local needs housing, extra care housing and local employment needs was put forward and pre-application discussions held with Maidstone BC.
  • During this time the sustainable credentials of Coxheath were highlighted to MBC as a settlement that should accommodate some growth as part of the agreed spatial strategy. The land was promoted by Hume Planning through the local plan process during this period.
  • The increase in the boroughs housing target in 2012 resulted in greater pressure to reevaluate the earlier agreed spatial strategy. In response, Hume Planning successfully pursued an outline planning application for up to 115 dwellings on the site in advance of the local plan process.
  • At the time of the planning submission and helped by the level of engagement with the local community, the site was included in the submission version of the Coxheath Neighbourhood Plan as a housing site. 
  • Despite the sensitivity by many local residents, the need for greenfield releases and the conflict with the emerging local plan, the scheme was resolved to be granted for 115 dwellings in early 2015 subject to the completion of a Section 106 Agreement. The application was supported by officers of MBC and by Coxheath Parish Council.
  • This secured a permission on a greenfield site as a departure from development plan policies in advance of the local plan review which was partially justified in this case because of the 5 year land supply position of MBC.

Site Location

View of Site Looking South


Approved outline layout for 115 dwellings (72 dwellings and 43 extra care units)