A Love Fest in a “War Zone” and a £9k Donation.
“It’s a ‘war zone’ after more than a decade of decay and neglect.’ said Cllr Robert Hubble on behalf of Elmstead & Stelling Minning Parish Council. Having survived the aerial bombings, the snipers, the street to street fighting and securing a UN agreed safe passage Cllr Hubble managed to escape the ‘war zone’ and get to the Civic Centre Planning & Licensing Committee last night (Tuesday 27th Sept 2016).
Cllr Hubble was describing the 3.32 hectare site which was once Stonegate Farm a former egg packing facility on the B2068 and which stands in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The planning application summary of Y15/1292/SH is the Demolition of buildings and structures, remediation of land and the erection of 30 houses and two B1 office units of 465m2 floor area, plus the closure of existing access to Stone Street and creation of new access to Thorn Lane.
The Developers are QUINN PATEL & HAYES DEVELOPMENTS LIMITED which is recently formed company (3/06/15) and has no accounts registered at Companies House. Now something interesting about this company is that the largest shareholder (50%) is a Mr Mark William Quinn, who also owns 50% of Quinn Wilson Estates Limited who donated £9000 cash to the Folkestone & Hythe Conservative Association on the 20/05/2015. So was this development at Stonegate Farm going to get through?
Quinn Estates consulted heavily with the local residents who identified 3 key issues that were affecting them.
A solution to the flooding issues on Thorn Lane that make this road impassable in Winter
A solution to the safety concerns at the Stone Street/Curtis Lane/Thorn Lane junction
The provision of 9 starter homes for local people to be included.
Quinn Estates state that it will bring in:
Annual business rates of circa £22,700 per annum to Shepway District Council
Annual council tax of circa £56,000 per annum
Up to £260,000 in New Homes Bonus over a 6 year period
NEW JOBS CREATED DURING CONSTRUCTION phase = 60 Direct construction jobs Plus 40 indirect jobs and according to GVA create an Economic output (GVA) per annum over the construction phase = £6.9m
The Quinn Wilson development brochure can been seen here
The anticipated costs of the starter homes according to Mr Quinn in a telephone interview will be:
Starter Homes: £150,000 – £200,000.
Other homes – £250,000 – £700,000.
Ker – Ching !
By the Great Architect another brown envelope…
Most other European Countries operate with at least a nod to graft, why should we be any different? Oops, seems we voted for Brexit, so everything will now be above board. Swans will swim on the Thames, the sun will always shine. Someone with a shovel may perhaps dig up Victoria. Personally I think not!
Why do you attempt to pillory those who take (legal) advantage of the benefits open to them through the current system? Surely it is the system that is at fault and the system that should be modified.
When I come to re-tax my car, if there was a box stating ‘I do not wish to pay’, you would surely think me mad not to tick this box. Where is the difference?
I agree with you – the system is at fault – surely a question in the Planning Application document could be
“Have you donated any funds in the last fifty years to the Nasty/Labour/Lib Dem party – if so how much?”
However I’m sure that if it had been Labour had had the £9000 “donation” then the Nasty Party and our “local press” would be up on their hind legs complaining.
Local Press, probably not. They tend to shy away from contentious issues and would prefer the ‘Cat up a tree’ approach.