Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS -

RICHARD ALDERTON, head of plan­ning at Ash­ford coun­cil, yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day) hit back at the re­port. He said: “We have al­ways ac­cepted the ‘mend be­fore ex­tend’ approach to de­vel­op­ing Ash­ford and are us­ing brown­field sites such as the bar­racks and New­town works. “How­ever, we can­not dou­ble the size of a town like Ash­ford re­ly­ing solely on us­ing brown­field sites. There aren’t enough of them.” He said the re­port seemed to be based on a very lim­ited anal­y­sis. “It hasn’t un­der­stood the depth of the tech­ni­cal work and plan­ning the coun­cil and its part­ners have un­der­taken to en­sure Ash­ford’s growth hap­pens in a sus­tain­able way,” Mr Alderton added. “Ash­ford has an ex­cel­lent track record of not build­ing on flood­plains and pro­vid­ing ex­tra flood de­fences in ar­eas such as Ald­ing­ton and Hoth­field. “The cen­tral prin­ci­ple of all our mas­ter­plan­ning work has been to re­duce the risk of flood­ing and this will con­tinue.” Mr Alderton said sus­tain­abil­ity was a pri­or­ity in the plans for Ash­ford’s growth. “New de­vel­op­ments will take place around ac­tive high streets of the sort we know and love, and will not cre­ate flood­ing prob­lems,” he added. “The re­port’s anal­y­sis is wrong – Ash­ford is an ideal lo­ca­tion for hous­ing growth.”

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