Bapchild consultation

a semi-rural environment with extensive landscaping,
open green space and improved transport access.


APM development at Cornhill-on-Tweed

Welcome to the Bapchild Consultation website, which will tell you about our proposals for Bapchild and how you can comment and ask further questions if you wish.

As you are probably aware there is a shortage of housing, particularly in the South East and for many months we have been working on a scheme to provide housing plus other benefits to Bapchild village.  These include a new access onto the A2 to reduce congestion and improve safety, a village green, additional parking for the school and village hall, recreational facilities such as tennis courts and play areas, a historic orchard and landscaping to create a definitive boundary between Bapchild and Sittingbourne plus plans to replace the existing fruit stall with a new village shop.

Although scarcity of housing is an issue, we want our plans to sit well in the landscape and with local residents. We are in discussions with Swale Borough Council and Kent County Council and our role is to balance this advice with your comments and those of your elected representatives, as well as making sure all technical and environmental requirements are met. 

The Government recently introduced the Housing and Planning Act 2016 and one of its objectives is to increase the delivery of new homes and improve the affordability of home ownership for first time buyers. Our proposal will include a 40 percent provision of affordable homes.

About us

APM services Ltd is a locally based company involved in promoting land for residential development on behalf of the landowners. Previous developments include small to medium sized housing schemes in Camber, Rye; St Ives, Cornwall; Berwick, Northumberland and the Yorkshire Dales, all of which were built sensitively, utilising local materials to ensure homes in character with their surrounding natural landscape.

Listening to you

We will listen carefully to what you have to say as well as taking advice from technical experts, who undertook important environmental, geological and archaeological surveys on our behalf. Having considered all these factors, we will seek to implement your thoughts into the proposal, where appropriate and workable.


APM Services Ltd

6 Hatfield Close
West Byfleet
KT14 6PG



Have your say

Your feedback will help us to develop the proposal and this is why it is important you let us know what you think about the plans shown on our project website, please leave your feedback here.

Our Proposal


APM Services Ltd is intending to submit a planning application to Swale Borough Council for a scheme at Fox Hill in a semi-rural environment.

Should an application be submitted, we will seek outline planning permission for the housing and landscaping elements of the scheme and full planning permission for the access facilities, setting of the grade II listed buildings and the development of the new commercial buildings at the north end of the site. We believe that the proposal also has significant benefits for the community and will include the following,

  • 80 new homes, with 40 percent affordable dwellings,
  • Enhancements to School Lane junction with the A2, increasing safety and visibility,
  • Mini football pitches and extended parking for the village hall,
  • Enhanced setting of grade II listed building at ‘1 Fox Hill’ through sensitive landscaping,
  • Improved setting of grade I listed building St Lawrence Church steeple, through the reinstatement of an historic orchard, 
  • New village green linking with existing open spaces, creating a ‘green network’,
  • Local venue to be retained with open space provided,
  • Existing fruit and veg store to be relocated plus additional complementary space for temporary traders.

Sustainability, access & parking


The proposals include significant enhancements to the School Lane junction, which suffers from narrow road widths and poor visibility.

The proposed new junction in the vicinity of the fruit stall will enjoy wider road widths, new crossing points to bus stops and a right turning lane off the A2. These improvements will improve safety and capacity for residents.

The proposal is not expected to result in any increased impact on the local road network, particularly given the improvements offered at the A2 junction and will comply with best practice guidance, incorporating high quality design, plentiful car parking and facilities for walking and cycling.



We have undertaken a baseline ecological survey and a preliminary ecological appraisal in support of our planning application. A reptile survey recorded a low population of common lizard present along the thin strip of vegetation to the south of the site.

Bat surveys undertaken between May to October 2016 did not record any roosting bats but eight species of bats were recorded commuting across the site and foraging. 

Although the development may potentially impact on some bat foraging habitat, the creation of a new village green and the planting of an orchard to the back of the church, provides new foraging for the local bat population. This will enhance the present situation as intensively managed arable land offers little foraging opportunities for bats.

Flood Risk


A Sustainable Urban Drainage scheme will be implemented on the site to ensure that surface water from the site will not be increased.

We have commenced an initial data collection exercise to determine the various site constraints including local geology and the location of existing public sewers. Further site specific infiltration testing will be carried out in the next month to determine whether infiltration can be used on the development.

Archaeology and heritage


In accordance with central and local government planning policy, a desk-based assessment has been undertaken to establish whether the site has any significant archaeological value and potential impact on local heritage assets.

There are no Heritage Assets, such as World Heritage Sites or Scheduled Monuments within 1km radius of the study site, which also retains limited archaeological potential, particularly for earlier periods of human activity.