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Revised plans for Heath Farm

Revised plans for Heath Farm

Following consultation with local residents, plans for the sports and leisure amenities at Heath Farm, Kings Hill, are being revised in order to provide the best possible mix for the area.

Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd and Kent County Council linked up with experienced sports organisation Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) to advise on and manage the sports fields and pavilion that will be built at Heath Farm.

Andrew Blevins, Managing Director of Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd, said: "The challenge in providing the playing fields and sports pavilion at Kings Hill has been to create a truly great legacy for the community. Unfortunately, due to the current economic climate, CACT is experiencing funding difficulties and has reluctantly withdrawn its involvement in Heath Farm."

Liberty has an on-going commitment to the provision of sporting facilities at Kings Hill which originates from planning obligations requiring a minimum of six playing fields and related changing facilities.

Andrew Blevins continued: "It is clear there is tremendous demand for sports facilities and that far greater provision is needed. For example, the Kings Hill Football Club alone has grown from seven to 17 teams. Following consultation with local residents, we have taken comments on board and going forward, intend to create the best possible solution for the project.

"In order to create a lasting legacy, we are very committed to finding a way of professionally managing the facilities once they have been built and hope that Kings Hill Parish Council will have an input into the plans for their management."

The new plans will include provision for a wide range of sports including football, hockey, rugby and netball and possibly include an all weather artificial grass pitch which is key to widening the range of sports on offer.

The number of pitches is still to be finalised, as has the size of the pavilion, although this will now be re-sited in the centre of the development following consultation with those living nearby. Although independent research concluded that there will be no significant noise impact from the new sports facilities, pitches nearest the housing have been moved deeper into Heath Farm as a direct response to residents' comments. New drawings will be submitted to Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council as soon as possible.

Liberty has also volunteered to set aside land for a bowls club and allotments and is hoping to open the Country Park, 50 acres of woodland with walks and picnic areas, by the end of the summer.

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