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Roads of Hartley - Cherry Trees (DA3 8DS)

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Cherry Trees, Hartley - from Carmelite Way

From Carmelite Way

Cherry Trees, Hartley - Church Road entrance

Church Road entrance and shops

Cherry Trees, Hartley - Shops and Flats

Shops and Flats

Hartley-Kent - map showing extent of Blue House Farm (Cherry Trees)

Map showing extent of Blue House Farm (Mintmakers) - Cherry Trees is in parcel 6.

Cherry Trees preserves the name of a small farm that used to exist on the site.  Lying at the centre of the village it is a mixture of detached and semi-detached houses and bungalows.  There is also a local parade of shops containing a Costcutters supermarket, Hairdressers and Beauty shop, Car Spares Shop and Financial Advisors, with one vacant site.

The Shops were built by 1972, but were applied for in 1967 (application TH/5/67/410).  There was considerable correspondence from the neighbours, with parking the main concern.  The original plans provided for a layby in Church Road as well as Cherry Trees, but Kent County Council said in 1967 there was no point in doing this as it would be swallowed up by the later highway widening.  Later the plans were amended to delete garages at the back to allow more parking there, as well as more spaces at the front.  Since then parking continues to be an issue, and most people are in favour of removing the island at the front to allow more cars to park.  In recent years the state of the shops has been a matter of concern, but the shops are tenanted and so they have little power to change anything.

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