The land is in two parcels on the western and southern edge of the established settlement confines of Hartley.
The western parcel shares a long horizontal boundary with the residential areas of Bankside and Downs Valley which lie within the settlement confines of Hartley. To the north lie two distinct areas of woodland beyond which is the built up area of north Hartley/South Longfield.
The western boundary of the site is formed by Fawkham Road, whilst to the south Steephill School and The Old Downs Residential Home.
The southern parcel runs from the Ash Road in the east to the Fawkham Road in the west and sits comfortably within the existing golf course, equestrian facilities, sports club and farm.
The Billings Group proposes an extension to Hartley, with Green Belt land release based on land around Hartley on the basis that ‘Exceptional Circumstances’ apply and that the development we could deliver would be genuinely sustainable.
The Council’s evidence base confirms that there are many infrastructure projects that could improve the lives of those already living in Hartley.
However, each parcel shares a boundary with well-established built up areas and are far from being isolated. None of the land is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), Special Area of Conservations (SAC), Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), or a Special Protection Area (SPA) and within Flood Zone 1 with the lowest risk of flooding.
The land is all situated on the southwestern outskirts of Hartley, very near to the town of Longfield, New Ash Green and Fawkham Green. The site’s location provides excellent access to the strategic road network, including the A2 and the M25 providing direct links to London and the Kent coast. Longfield railway station is within comfortable walking distance being only 450m from the site – offering access to London and Medway Towns.