‘Mono­lithic’ cot­tages put on hold

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Facing The Bulldozer -

Dozens of vil­lagers have ob­jected to a de­vel­oper’s plan to knock down a for­mer col­lege build­ing and re­place it with cot­tages.

Tel­e­real Tril­lium first took over the for­mer Wye Agri­cul­tural Col­lege in Oc­to­ber 2015, and has set about try­ing to re­de­velop build­ings into new homes.

Its plans in­clude bull­doz­ing Wolf­son House in Up­per Bridge Street and build­ing six two-bed­room homes.

But the plan has been put on hold, and more than 50 vil­lagers have penned let­ters or com­ments to ob­ject to the plan.

They are joined by Wye with Hinx­hill Par­ish Coun­cil, which voted to op­pose the plans, which it de­scribed as “mono­lithic” and likely lead to park­ing prob­lems around a bend in the road.

The ap­pli­ca­tion had been sched­uled to be de­cided by coun­cil plan­ners in last au­tumn, but re­vised plans were sub­mit­ted in Jan­uary, prompt­ing fur­ther ob­jec­tions.

Coun­cil plan­ning of­fi­cer Katy Mag­nall wrote to the de­vel­oper ask­ing for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion in Jan­uary, and the de­vel­op­ers put for­ward new doc­u­ments at the end of the month.

The coun­cil tar­get date for a rec­om­men­da­tion was ex­tended un­til Wed­nes­day March 1 this year, but Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil says it is still await­ing re­vised plans to be handed in.

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Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM3943018

Wolf­son House in Up­per Bridge Street, Wye

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