So­cial housing must be made a pri­or­ity

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

I hope that when Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil re­views the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions for all those new homes (Coun­cil re­veals 12,000 new homes vi­sion for bor­ough, KE, June 9), they en­sure that the de­vel­op­ers in­clude a lot more 1 and 2 bed­room prop­er­ties for those at the bot­tom of the housing lad­der. There’s an aw­ful lot of three to five-bed­room places be­ing built, which is nice for the de­vel­op­ers (or buy-to-let own­ers) profit mar­gins – but they don’t meet the rapidly in­creas­ing de­mand for housing from those who ei­ther can­not af­ford, or do not re­quire, a huge prop­erty – ie school leavers, sin­gle peo­ple, work­ers on low in­comes (in­clud­ing part-time, shift work or zero hour con­tracts) and re­tired cou­ples.

The coun­cil needs to en­sure there is a de­cent pro­por­tion of one and twobed­room so­cial housing in­cluded – for peo­ple who are un­able to meet pri­vate rental rates. Chris Stad­don Ash­ford

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