Traf­fic fears over 160 homes plan on old col­lege site

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A pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion into plans to knock down col­lege build­ings and build 160 new homes ends to­mor­row (Fri­day).

De­vel­oper Chart­way Homes and hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion Or­bit Homes have sub­mit­ted the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for the col­lege site in Jem­mett Road, South Ash­ford.

The £30 mil­lion sale of the land has al­lowed the Had­low Group to fi­nance and build the new col­lege in the town cen­tre.

The as­so­ci­a­tion will build rental homes and homes for shared own­er­ship on a partrent part-buy ba­sis.

Chart­way will build 30 homes for the pri­vate mar­ket.

But Jem­mett Road res­i­dent He­len Ansell launched a pe­ti­tion over fears the plans will bring traf­fic and con­ges­tion. The group are also con­cerned that pro­tected trees could be re­moved.

On the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion, res­i­dents say the three- and four-storey build­ings could dom­i­nate the sky­line and aren’t in keep­ing with ex­ist- ing homes in South Ash­ford.

The ap­pli­ca­tion is still open to pub­lic com­ment, and coun­cil of­fi­cers hope to pro­duce a rec­om­men­da­tion to the plan­ning com­mit­tee by Fri­day, June 9.

To view the plans or to com­ment visit www.ash­ford. gov.uk/ plan­ning and search for ref­er­ence 17/00354/AS

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