‘MI­GRAT­ING’ LON­DON­ERS TAK­ING PRI­OR­ITY OVER LO­cAL PEO­PLE

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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

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