A planning application to build thousands of new houses on Lodge Hill, one of the last strongholds for nightingales in the UK, has been withdrawn
• Over 12,000 people objected to the application to build on the Site of Special Scientific Interest, leading to a Public Inquiry being scheduled for March 2018
• The future of Lodge Hill is still at risk as it continues to be earmarked for development in Medway Council’s Local Plan
A controversial planning application to build 5,000 houses on one of the UK’s last strongholds for nightingales has been dropped just months before a Public Inquiry was due to take a closer look at the issue.
Wildlife lovers and conservationists are welcoming news that the planning application has been withdrawn that would have destroyed an important wildlife haven at Lodge Hill in Kent. It is an area that is home to the rare and declining nightingale and is also important for a wide range of other declining wildlife and habitats, including bats, and rare grassland flowers and ancient woodland.