COn­SUl­ta­tIOn

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Latest Housing Plans Revealed -

Plans to trans­form the waste­land, close to Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional sta­tion, were first re­vealed in Oc­to­ber last year at two pub­lic con­sul­ta­tions.

The land in­volved is known as the Pow­er­gen (now E.ON) site as it was oc­cu­pied by the firm in the 1990s.

Con­sul­ta­tions have been held with ma­jor au­thor­i­ties and groups who would be af­fected by the plans.

South Ash­ford Com­mu­nity Fo­rum (SACF) said they are “pleased to see pro­pos­als com­ing for­ward for this long derelict site” but listed a num­ber of con­cerns in­clud­ing lack of park­ing and ab­sence of af­ford­able hous­ing.

Vic­to­ria Res­i­dents’ Busi­ness and Recre­ation Ac­tion Group ob­ject to the plans due to lack of con­sul­ta­tion with res­i­dents, height and den­sity of the de­vel­op­ment, de­sign, park­ing and af­ford­able hous­ing pro­vi­sion.

The En­vi­ron­ment Agency (EA) raises no ob­jec­tion but listed con­cerns that the area to the south of Vic­to­ria Road is lo­cated in the un­de­fended func­tional flood­plain. Some 402 neigh­bours were di­rectly con­sulted and 13 let­ters of ob­jec­tion were re­ceived stat­ing con­cerns about the de­sign, size, flood­ing, af­ford­able hous­ing and lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture.

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