A need for smaller homes

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE -

THE Queen Street pro­posal was sub­mit­ted by Folkestone-based plan­ning con­sul­tant Spiller As­so­ciates, on be­half of the owner, a Mr T. Field.

Di­rec­tor Peter Spiller, who was plan­ning chief at Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil un­til 2003, said: “There clearly is an in­creas­ing need for smaller ac­com­mo­da­tion in Ash­ford town cen­tre.

“We’ve had dis­cus­sions with a num­ber of es­tate agents, and they say that th­ese flats will be snapped up.

“There have been an in­creased num­ber of con­ver­sions into small flats, which have been re­jected and then al­lowed on ap­peal.

“I think when you bear in mind that you have got the new shop­ping fa­cil­i­ties and col­lege be­ing built, there’s a need to pro­vide ac­com­mo­da­tion.

“Twenty-four hour vi­tal­ity in the town cen­tre is go­ing to be un­der­mined if you can’t do that, and that’s fully in line with gov­ern­ment pol­icy.

“You shouldn’t have just one type of res­i­dent in an area.”

In re­sponse to the res­i­dents’ ob­jec­tion that ten­ants, who might well be stu­dents, would not take as good care of the con­ser­va­tion area, he said: “I think that a ter­ri­ble shame if peo­ple do take that view.

“Young peo­ple have a right to live in a con­ser­va­tion area as much as any­one else.”

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