Our Mission

We say NO to 5,000 homes in Lenham Heath. Help us save our Kent countryside TODAY.

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SOHL is an independent volunteer-led campaign group made up of concerned residents of Lenham and the surrounding villages, under threat by Maidstone Borough Council’s Garden Community proposal to build a new town of over 5,000 homes on our beautiful, green heath lands.

Maidstone Borough Council are promoting this Garden Community proposal, autonomously acting as their own ‘master- developer’ and threatening local landowners of compulsory purchase if they do not enter into secret negotiations with them. They are ‘poacher turned gamekeeper’ acting as the local planning authority on one side and as housing developer on the other.

Lenham is a medieval settlement at the heart of the Garden of England, and the local community accepts that more housing needs to be delivered nationally, however, we don’t accept that it should be put in unsustainable locations, without suitable infrastructure, and on such a vast swathe of Kent’s greenfield. Lenham parish has already accepted our civic responsibility to accommodate more housing for Maidstone Borough and our adopted Neighbourhood Plan makes provision for up to 1,000 new homes on suitable strategic housing sites across the village.

We want to unite residents in Lenham and the surrounding villages and give everyone a voice. We want to reach out and hear from as many residents as possible because your voice matters most. We want to call out Maidstone Borough Council on their secrecy, lies, lack of transparency and disingenuous approach to community engagement for this development.