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SWAN QUAY Judicial Review Decision

We are very pleased to pass on the news that we have just received. Today the decision of the Judicial Review into Swan Quay was announced, and Mr Justice Dove dismissed the case of the applicant.
The judgement enables Swale Borough Council to take the Faversham Creek Neighbourhood Plan to referendum, with no housing on Swan Quay. If the people of Faversham vote to accept the referendum, Swale Borough Council will release their contribution of £200,000 towards the new Swing Bridge, and the Swing Bridge construction will be able to go ahead.
The full judgement is shown below.

“London’s High Court ruled today on the planning future of the historic Swan Quay at Faversham.

Mr Justice Dove, one of the country’s top judges, dismissed a challenge by developers to a planning inspector’s ruling which blocked residential development at the creek.

The inspector’s decision came after leading conservation group, Historic England and local campaigners argued that residential development would lead to “gentrification” of the area, be “harmful to the historic character of Faversham Creek” and hit small business owners locally.

Swan Quay LLP’s lawyers argued that the inspector was not entitled to take the stance he did in a bid to protect the area from “gentrification” through residential redevelopment.

The inspector had been called in to approve the development plan for the area. He approved it but sided with the conservationists and wrote in the ban on residential development.

The plan had been due to go to a public referendum in October, but the action taken by the land owners has thrown the referendum timetable into disarray.

Swan Quay had argued when the case was heard earlier this month that a neighbourhood development plan expressly banning residential development on the site was unlawful.

However, Mr Justice Dove ruled today that the inspector had explained his reasons for imposing the ban, and held that the inspector’s decision had been a clear exercise of “planning judgment”.

He refused Swan Quay’s request for the ban on residential development to be removed from the development plan before it goes to a local referendum.

The judge said that the inspector had “fully explained” his reasons, which included concerns about potential loss of employment land at Swan Quay and increased residential development being “harmful to the historic character of the Creek”.

He said that while the term “gentrification” was not an official planning use term, it did not need to be. The inspector could take into account its meaning as “erosion” of traditional uses by the introduction of “historically unprecedented and inconsistent use that would bring with it a different aesthetic which would harm the historic character”.


Thank you

We’ve done it! We’ve raised £125,000! Join us for a photo call on the Bridge tomorrow (Sunday 27 September) at 2 pm
The final payment has been made into the KCC Swing Bridge Fund, bringing the total to £125,000.

We’ll be lining the Bridge tomorrow (27 September) at 2 pm, when photographers from our local newspapers will take pictures of everyone waving and thanking Faversham for our tremendous success.

What a fantastic fundraising summer we’ve had, with 53 events, and support and donations from dozens of local businesses and thousands of people. Most are from Faversham but others hail from much further afield – as far away as Australia, Brazil and California!

Now it’s time to say thank you to everyone who has contributed to Swing the Bridge. We’ll be putting up posters like the one above all over town. If you would like one to put in your window, it will be available to download soon from our website – Swing the Bridge Literature – or email us on to request one.

We will close our fund on 30 September, as planned. Any funds raised over the target will be held separately, and will be used for Bridge related projects in the Basin. As you know, opening the Bridge is the first stage towards regenerating the Basin, bringing back maritime activity and creating a waterfront for all to enjoy. Watch this space for future developments!

As always, please do keep spreading the word and keep those donations – big or small! – coming in, in this, the final few days of our fund-raising campaign. While we’ve reached the first target, it’s certainly not the last!

Thank you for your continued support for ‘Swing the Bridge.’

The Swing the Bridge campaign team

Test your Brainpower in our Arts Quiz this Friday!

Budding Brainiacs are invited to join us this Friday in our Arts Quiz at the United Reformed Church Hall on Preston Street, Faversham.

Questionmaster Ben Saul will be putting us through our mental paces; guests should arrive at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Tables are up to a maximum of 8 people, tickets are £5 per person – you are welcome to bring your own wine and nibbles.

To book, please call Marion on 01795 539853 or e-mail

As always, please do keep spreading the word and keep those donations – big or small! – coming in, in this, the final few weeks of our fund-raising campaign; it really does make a difference!

Thank you for your continued support for ‘Swing the Bridge.’

The Swing the Bridge campaign team


It may be past the summer solstice, but there are still plenty of events coming up in aid of Swing the Bridge! From live music to wine-tasting, brain-challenging quizzes and family fun events – we’ve something we know you’ll enjoy, as we keep our fund-raising barometer in town climbing.

60s 70s 80s Disco Evening: Sat 29th August   Brents Tavern 8pm

Stephen Hussey (lead violinist from Urban Soul Orchestra) plus Special Guest Artist Nico Ramsden.    Bank Holiday Mon, 31 August, Ship Inn, Ospringe, from 3pm –  Entry by donation.

Battle of the Brains: Quiz at the Brents Tavern, Fri 4 September, 7.30 start, tables of 8, seats £5 each: ring Toni on 07880322157 to reserve your place

The Creek Trust at the Hop Festival: 5/6 September – the Creek Trust stall in Abbey Street and a Tea Room at the Purifier Building where there will also be an Art Show by local artist Derek Cox of a series of original ink paintings of Faversham registered boats.

If you would like to help with either, contact Debbie on 01795 227706)

Curry Supper Spice Lounge, Tues 8 September, 7:30 for 8 pm; £20 / head for a special authentic North Indian meal. Buy tickets at the restaurant or call Marion, 07918 123123

Wine Tasting, with Ploughman’s: Sat 12 September, £20 a head – place and time tbc!

1940s Swing Band: 18 September 7.30pm, Old Brewery Store; tickets £20 including supper. Tickets at Sweet Scene, and details and booking online here.

Concert at the Assembly Room: Sat 26 September

Family Fun Day: Sun 27 September, 11 am – 5 pm, at Brogdale. All manner of fun for kids and grandchildren

Finally, just to let you know – the money coming in is really pushing us towards our target – but we can’t stop now! We have banked over £75,000 and sent most of that to KCC, and we have promises from various Trusts and charities which bring us up to over £100,000 – so we are doing brilliantly; but these last few weeks will be absolutely crucial – so keep up the good work.

Thank you for your continued support for ‘Swing the Bridge!’

The Swing the Bridge campaign team

Swing the Bridge fund total now £75,000

The Swing the Bridge fund thermometer in Faversham Town Square, has been upgraded to show total receipts of £75,000.DSC_0223

Many thanks are due to all those who have contributed or helped to raise funds. This is an astounding result for just four months actual fundraising, and confirms that we are on course to achieving the full amount required to secure a Swing Bridge, rather than a fixed one, provided we keep up the pace, till the end of September, just eight weeks away.

So, if you are thinking about it, now is the time to put hand in pocket or pen to cheque and make your contribution, no matter how small, as every little bit helps. The easiest way is to use the on-line GIVEY fund at the head of this page. Don’t forget that Gift Aid is worth 25% on top, so sign a Gift Aid form.


This is the first drawing of the new SWING BRIDGE, that has been issued by KCC as part of a public consultation by the Marine Management Organisation. The details of this consultation can be seen at the Faversham Library.

By kind permission of KCC

By kind permission of KCC

Swing the Bridge collection through

We’ve been asked why our Swing-the-Bridge page on is showing only £10,000 as our target – when in fact the total target £125k! That’s because we thought that people would like to give online (including Gift Aid if possible) and the £10k challenge was achievable for people giving small amounts, or little and often.

Of course, we are also fundraising with Events, approaching Trusts and Organisations, and other Major Donors, to reach the big total. Progress so far is excellent, with widespread support, £40,000 in cash received and a further £30,000 in pledges. That leaves just £55,000 to go!

So Please help us today! Don’t leave it for later…. go to  – and thank you! Every single pound and penny counts!