KCC can build 25 farm homes with­out govern­ment go-ahead

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

THE govern­ment has re­vealed it will not need to grant con­sent for 25 homes to built on a school farm in Ash­ford.

Cam­paign­ers had be­lieved that county hall bosses would need to ap­ply for per­mis­sion from the Sec­re­tary of State for Ed­u­ca­tion be­fore turn­ing the school site into a hous­ing site.

Un­der schools stan­dards rules a county coun­cil must ap­ply for per­mis­sion from the govern­ment when chang­ing a school field into an area for hous­ing.

But de­tails re­leased un­der the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act to the Ken­tish Ex­press show that the Depart­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills has told KCC: “Con­sent is not re­quired be­cause the land in ques­tion does not fall within the de­scrip­tion of a school play­ing field.”

Mean­while the High­ways Agency, re­spon­si­ble for changes to the nearby M20 and Drov- ers round­about, has also not ob­jected to scheme.

A date has still yet to be fixed on when the ap­pli­ca­tion will go be­fore a plan­ning com­mit­tee. It was sub­mit­ted with­out the school and ward coun­cil­lors’ knowl­edge over the Christ­mas hol­i­days.

Di­rec­tor of build­ing projects at KCC Gra­hame Ward said: “This agree­ment with the school has re­mained in place and the re­cent is­sues about the dis­posal of part of the site, that not in the school’s own­er­ship, have been some­what of a sur­prise to KCC, al­though we recog­nised that we should have no­ti­fied the school about the sub­mis­sion of the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion.”

Chart Hills Golf Club man­ager David Colyer

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