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Path leading towards woods in spring sunshine. Credit
Cooting Downs at sunrise, looking west towards Pitt Wood. Land to right of bridleway marked for housing, left "open space". William Turrell 30 March 2022

Adisham - and the land that would be destroyed by the R1 New Town - is adjacent to the Kent Downs AONB, and is mentioned in the Kent Downs AONB management plan.

It has 12 areas of nationally–registered ancient woodland (dating from 1,600CE or earlier); five of them SSSIs (Sites of Special Scientific Interest).

Autumnal colours of Ileden and Well Woods, at the southern boundary of the proposed R1 site. William Turrell 29 October 2022

Most Adisham residents stay or move here because they value the tranquillity, clean air and beauty of the area.

Byway CB202 on southern boundary of proposed R1 site, looking west, ancient woodland in distance. Jo Blackman
View of fields and clumps of trees and hedgerows at sunset. Credit
Cooting Downs at sunset, looking north with B2046 road and Aylesham to right. William Turrell 30 January 2023

The North Downs Way National Trail, one of sixteen National Trails showcasing Britain’s most beautiful landscapes, passes along the southern edge of the parish with a view over Cooting Downs and the dry river valley towards Wingham, right where the development is proposed.

It also features a specially commissioned bench, the Sedile Francigena.

Photo of bench on North Downs Way Credit
The Sedile Francigena bench on the North Downs Way, a National Trail in Kent AONB, and just to the south of the R1 site. The bench is created from local materials. Kent Downs AONB 22 March 2023

‘Sedile Francigena is a bench that aspires to extend the perspective for those that use the bench. A bench on a walk is a place to stop and rest and to consider the beautiful setting, but potentially also more. This bench uses its form, scale and a carefully chosen quantity of surface mapping to introduce a sense of scale, an appreciation of the bigger picture’. (Christopher Daniel, Polysemic)

The land also contains unexplored archaeological remains.

CCC’s own ‘Landscape Character Assessment & Biodiversity Appraisal’ shows that R1 and R20 are directly contrary to the conclusions and recommendations – ‘the key sensitivities & values’; also with ‘Landscape Guidelines and Key Habitat Opportunities’ – ‘Landscape Management & Development Management’.

The section ‘Adisham Arable Downland’ emphasises the importance of the land at Cooting (and at Womenswold) as sharing similar character to the adjacent AONB, nationally-designated on the basis that the landscape is equivalent in quality to that of a national park).

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