KCC can build 25 farm homes without government go-ahead
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