Fears that vil­lage will be spoiled by homes

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Fundraiser - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

A vil­lage will see 25 new homes built on for­mer farm­land.

Plan­ning per­mis­sion has been given for a se­lec­tion of three, four and five-bed­room houses, and one and two-bed­room flats to be built on Luck­ley Field, to the south of Lit­tle Che­quers in Wye.

The site had been ear­marked for devel­op­ment un­der pol­icy WYE2, and will in­clude 35% af­ford­able hous­ing – nine units.

The ap­pli­ca­tion was sub­mit­ted to Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil by Harville Farms and was ap­proved by the coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee on Au­gust 20.

How­ever, the plans have not re­ceived sup­port from the par­ish coun­cil nor res­i­dents of Lit­tle Che­quers.

Overde­vel­oped

They are un­happy about the high den­sity of the homes and claim there is in­ad­e­quate ac­cess, poor lay­out and limited space for park­ing.

In ad­di­tion, 37 letters of ob­jec­tion were re­ceived from neigh­bours, who added that lo­cal ser­vices were al­ready at ca­pac­ity, the scheme was overde­vel­oped in both scale and den­sity and that the houses would be un­ac­cept­ably close to ex­ist­ing prop­er­ties.

Speak­ing at the ABC plan­ning meet­ing, chair­man of Wye with Hinx­hill Par­ish Coun­cil, Tony Shoults, said: “The par­ish coun­cil sup­ports the devel­op­ment of this site for hous­ing and has come for­ward with de­tailed pro­pos­als af­ter very thor­ough con­sul­ta­tion, to in­clude 15 homes, and land­scap­ing within the ap­proved red lines.”

Mr Shoults re­quested that mem­bers de­fer the scheme while a “proper process of con­sul­ta­tion” is car­ried out.

Cllr Peter Dav­i­son (Ash­ford In­de­pen­dent) also agreed that the num­ber of homes should be re­duced.

He said: “Wye is one of our most at­trac­tive vil­lages and we must be care­ful we don’t spoil it.

“I’m not against it. But the den­sity has been in­creased to 25 (from 20).

“This is a ques­tion of cram­ming. If the num­bers were re­duced it would be more at­trac­tive.”

How­ever, of­fi­cers said that the scheme meets the coun­cil’s spac­ing stan­dards.

Cllr Gra­ham Galpin (Con), mem­ber for Stour ward, said: “It is un­doubt­edly writ­ten in our Lo­cal Plan that this is a devel­op­ment area.”

Cllr Gerry Clark­son added: “I think some im­prove­ments can be made here, but the den­sity does fall within the space stan­dards set by ABC.”

T h e a p p l i c a t i o n was ap­proved, sub­ject to three con­di­tions, which in­clude soft­en­ing the bor­der between Lit­tle Che­quers and the devel­op­ment site, re­tain­ing a foot­path and look­ing at the close prox­im­ity of the devel­op­ment to the ex­ist­ing homes.

What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@ thek­m­group.co.uk

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM3370743

Luck­ley Field off Lit­tle Che­quers where it is pro­posed 25 homes should be built

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