‘MIGRATING’ LONDONERS TAKING PRIORITY OVER LOcAL PEOPLE
Independent councillor Winston Michael says he fears the council’s plan is putting the needs of those leaving the London overspill above those of local people.
He said much of the demand for thousands of houses was coming from inward migration to the town, mostly from London, where residents sell up and buy new housing at a better price in the South East.
In particular he questioned the schemes for 300 homes at Trinity Road and 700 homes off Willesborough Road around Kennington.
He said: “I have always been opposed to the plans in Willesborough Road because it Is some of the best agricultural land available in the borough, so it goes against national planning policy frameworks to be included. The site has already been rejected by planning inspectors, so the fact Ashford Borough Council has come back to it beggars belief.
“I’m also opposed to the plans at Trinity Road because it would introduce even more traffic into an already busy road. Why can’t it be developed fully as a business park?
“Overall I’m not convinced we need this amount of housing. It seems the demand is from inward migration, not the local population.”
Cllr Michael at the proposed area near Kennington