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Inquiry begins into plans to build homes on ancient woodland

Campaigners turned out in force today for the start of test-case planning inquiry into controversial plans to build five hundred homes close to woodland that is centuries old.

They say development of the site off Hermitage Lane at Allington in Maidstone would destroy ancient woodland known as Bluebell Wood.

But developers say it does not qualify as 'ancient' woodland and the plans should go ahead.

The outcome could affect the future of dozens of other woodland sites. John Ryall reports.