Welcome to the Bearsted and Thurnham Society

Despite receiving an overwhelming number of objections * Maidstone Borough Council planning officers have made recommendations to approve the planning application to build two new schools at Popes Field and the planning application to relocate the nature reserve.

The applications will therefore be considered by Maidstone Borough Council’s Planning Committee members on Thursday 25th April at the meeting starting at 6 p.m. in the Town Hall, Maidstone.

* By April 16th a total of 832 objections to both applications had been posted to the relevant document pages and this figure continues to grow on a daily basis.

If you wish to lobby planning committee members and their substitutes ~

Email the Planning Committee

View the Agenda for the Meeting

View the Officer’s Recommendations for the Schools        View the Officer’s Recommendations for the Nature Reserve

Latest News 

New Schools ~ Revised Application ~ Updated April 2019

Cross Keys ~ Lilk Meadow ~ Revised Application

     Road Closure ~ Yeoman Lane ~ Updated 19/3/2019           A249 ~ Bearsted Road Improvements   

Binbury Park   Barty Farm


The Society cares about Bearsted and Thurnham and their residents. It is vigilant in scrutinising proposals for change which might threaten the character of the two parishes, their gardens and other green open spaces, their Conservation Areas, the North Downs Area of outstanding Natural Beauty, and the area of special landscape value in its foreground.

The Society liaises closely with the representatives of the two Parish Councils, with Kent County Council and with Maidstone Borough Council, with whom it is registered as the amenity group for the two parishes.

It submits comments on planning applications and planning policy, road safety, traffic, public transport, amenities, litter, trees, open spaces, water, crime and anti social behaviour and other local matters.

It attends Council meetings at parish, borough and county levels to monitor and, where appropriate, comment on, or object to, proposals affecting Bearsted and Thurnham.

It works in close contact with concerned local residents.

Members are kept abreast of important news via email, on this website and by occasional leaflet drops.