School’s homes plan branded as ‘ugly’
A HOUSING development by a grammar school has been branded “ugly”.
Councillors slammed the design quality of 13 houses planned by Highworth Grammar School for Girls in Ashford.
They also said the development overcrowded the area and caused access problems and have deferred their decision on the application.
Ashford Borough Council leader Paul Clokie (Con) told a planning meeting: “I have rarely seen, in a long time, anything quite so ugly. It is unbelievable.”
Highworth wants the houses it plans for its grounds off Warren Lane to be sold and the proceeds used to expand the school.
Cllr Jill Hutchinson (Con) said: “The school needs to expand but I believe it is a very ugly design for the houses.
“If we are trying to improve Ashford and make it a quality town we must have quality houses.”
Councillors believe there are access problems and also believe no more than eight houses should be built.
Neighbours had also sent in four letters of objection, saying the homes were unattractive and poorly designed and also saying the development would cause too much traffic for the narrow Warren Lane.
Those who spoke to the Kentish Express last week said they were already having to put up with mud from the building of a neighbouring 54-bed Bupa care home. But council officers recommended approval of the High- worth scheme, saying the density of the development was satisfactory.
School governors’ chairman Peter Aves told the planning meeting on Wednesday last week: “In the last five years there has been increased demand for places at the school because of the increase in population in Ashford.”
Agents Lee Evans Town Planning of Canterbury stressed that this was still an outline application and the artist’s impressions of the houses would not necessarily be their final appearance.