Op­po­si­tion to new homes is weird

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

We need many more new homes in Ash­ford, as is ev­i­dent from the num­bers of lo­cal home­less folk (squat­ting on our pave­ments too), and town plan­ners too.

Ash­ford is in ex­pan­sion­ist mode. The strong terms in which op­po­si­tion to house­build­ing is be­ing ex­pressed seems weird. There ap­pears to be only one rea­son for it, which sadly is the self­ish one: the prop­erty value one.

Since the en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist and valu­able farm­land ar­gu­ments op­pos­ing new house­build­ing in the Ash­ford area are flimsy and largely spu­ri­ous, one won­ders at the heat of the op­po­si­tion to ex­pan­sion of Ash­ford’s hous­ing stock – cer­tainly here on the Ex­press let­ters page re­cently.

One won­ders, too, at the re­al­ity of the ex­pressed con­cern or mo­tives of the var­i­ous coun­cil town plan­ning com­mit­tees and the ra­tio­nale of the coun­cil mem­bers re­spon­si­ble.

No one is be­ing dragged to the guil­lo­tine scaf­fold, just new homes be­ing built soon for new neigh­bours and any of us al­ready here as Ash­ford pro­gresses and, hope­fully, more of us are more pros­per­ous.

The main ques­tion should about the num­ber of homes to be built, with good roads and so­cial/com­mer­cial in­fra­struc­ture and prefer­ably more of the more af­ford­able type and fewer of the ex­ec­u­tive houses. David Ber­rie Elm Cot­tages, Wye Road, Boughton Lees, Ash­ford

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