Build in Mid­lands, not the South East

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

Yes, we do con­stantly need new hous­ing, es­pe­cially af­ford­able, but why al­ways in the South East?

If some­one ob­jects via the par­ish coun­cil they will say that the bor­ough has im­posed re­quire­ments. Then the bor­ough will say that they are con­form­ing to gov­ern­ment tar­gets. But what about Mid­lands re­gen­er­a­tion, the “North­ern Pow­er­house” and other ar­eas that would wel­come de­vel­op­ments? We know about the in­abil­ity of the in­fra­struc­ture here to cope, ie med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties, schools, roads, wa­ter sup­ply, waste dis­posal.

And why decades of in­de­ci­sion on a new run­way at Heathrow or Gatwick? No, make it at Birm­ing­ham, with a vast catch­ment area. Just drive on the M6 around our “sec­ond city” and see the hun­dreds (thou­sands?) of brown­field sites cry­ing out for re­gen­er­a­tion.

It is time for the south east­ern coun­cils to stand up and be counted and say “No, we are not ac­cept­ing tens of thou­sands of new homes”. Prob­a­bly the ma­jor­ity will be bought by peo­ple flee­ing London and the sub­urbs. The KM re­cently head­lined Maid­stone de­vel­op­ments be­ing pur­chased off-plan by London bor­oughs.

Grasp the nettle. What are ‘they’ go­ing to do – send in the Army? Alan Witt The Hill, Char­ing

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