The Planning Inspectorate upheld a Unilateral Undertaking containing a ‘no pets policy’ due to Natural England raising concerns that the new development could harm the ecosystem of nearby Chattenden Woods and Lodge Hill if there was an increase in the local cat population.

Medway Council argued that the ‘no pets policy’ would harm the residents well-being and cause social isolation but the Inspector overruled there were other facilities on site including a gym and club house to meet such needs. Residents will be able to keep caged pets and fish but no other animals are allowed.

Medway Council are currently unable to demonstrate a five-year supply of housing and therefore the Inspector concluded that the provision of 50 new retirement homes carried significant weight as it would meet some of the demand for housing for the elderly population of Medway.

10 January 2019