No coun­cil plans for Ken­ning­ton…

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

I was pleased to read that Ian Wolver­son is still tak­ing an in­ter­est in the de­vel­op­ment of Ash­ford, even in an area on the op­po­site side of the town to what will be Chilm­ing­ton Green (KE, Fe­bru­ary 11).

How­ever, I was dis­ap­pointed that he stated the Ken­ning­ton land is “clearly des­tined for de­vel­op­ment” in clear con­tra­dic­tion to the facts as given in the Greater Ash­ford De­vel­op­ment Plan.

The plan was re­viewed by an in­spec­tor in 2008 and the land in Ken­ning­ton (now called KE2 to KE4) was com­pre­hen­sively re­jected as ap­pro­pri­ate for de­vel­op­ment.

This was as a re­sult of the coun­cil re­quest­ing it be re­moved from the agenda (due to the over­whelm­ing ob­jec­tion of res­i­dents) and by Bo­vis re­mov­ing its de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion.

I hope Mr Wolver­son and oth­ers will re­fer to the rel­e­vant doc­u­ment re­port­ing the in­spec­tor’s de­ci­sion – Ash­ford Ur­ban Sites and In­fra­struc­ture DPD In­spec­tor’s Re­port, pages 16 to 17 – which is still avail­able on the ABC web­site.

I stood for elec­tion to the coun­cil to en­sure all res­i­dents were in­volved in de­ter­min­ing the fu­ture of the area they live in.

I was present at the coun­cil meet­ing when then leader the late Cllr Peter Wood stated that the res­i­dents of Ken­ning­ton would de­ter­mine what de­vel­op­ment was un­der­taken in their ward.

I am con­fi­dent that the prin­ci­ple that res­i­dents de­ter­mine what hap­pens in their area is still the sta­tus quo.

If you dis­agree, or even agree, with the hous­ing de­vel­op­ment, then please say so. Cllr Philip Sims Ken­ning­ton ward, Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil The Ex­press’s cov­er­age of house­build­ing pro­pos­als agri­cul­tural land is demon­strated to be nec­es­sary, lo­cal plan­ning au­thor­i­ties should seek to use ar­eas of poorer qual­ity land in pref­er­ence to that of a higher qual­ity.’

Why waste tax­pay­ers money by in­clud­ing this site in the new Lo­cal Plan and then hav­ing to de­fend the de­ci­sion to the plan­ning in­spec­tor once again?

It doesn’t make sense, un­less the coun­cil wants to set a prece­dent that all high­grade agri­cul­tural land is fair game for de­vel­op­ment?

Or is there some other hid­den agenda? Martin Hop­kins Clarke Cres­cent, Lit­tle Bur­ton Farm Chris Mor­ley Ken­ning­ton Com­mu­nity Fo­rum chair

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