25 New Homes for Kent Music School
dha planning have secured outline planning permission for Kent Music for the demolition of their existing building and erection of up to 25 residential dwellings at Astley House, Hastings Road, Maidstone
The permission is subject to the successful completion of a Section 106 agreement securing the relocation of the charity within the Maidstone Borough.
Kent Music no longer require the site for their day to day operation and they can teach out of the many schools in the area with performances in local theatres, as they do in the rest of Kent.The site is also a huge maintenance burden which the charity can no longer sustain.
The application was decided at Planning Committee where the loss of the community facility was debated along with the loss of a non-designated Heritage Asset (Astley House). Along with Kent Music we demonstrated their commitment to staying within the Borough of Maidstone for their administrative headquarters and the limited value of the existing building.
The members of the committee unanimously voted in favour of the application whilst stressing the importance of the site in the town centre to achieve a high quality of development at the detailed application stage.
For more information please contact Matthew Woodhead.