Con­sul­ta­tion con­tin­ues on ex­tra homes

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

Coun­cil chiefs say there is still time for res­i­dents to take part in a con­sul­ta­tion which will af­fect the de­vel­op­ment of the bor­ough for decades to come.

Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil has been forced to find room for a fur­ther 1,250 houses above the 12,000 it had al­ready ear­marked at var­i­ous sites.

It has set out a plan which calls for greater housing al­lo­ca­tions at ex­ist­ing ear­marked sites, while also iden­ti­fy­ing new brown­field and coun­try­side sites.

The pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion started at the be­gin­ning of July, and will set out what land will be needed for new homes and jobs up to 2030.

Port­fo­lio holder for plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment Cllr Paul Clokie: “We are now al­most half­way through the con­sul­ta­tion on the main changes to our draft lo­cal plan, but there is still time to get in­volved.

“Res­i­dents can come along to one of our events or go to our web­site. We want to en­sure that their views are in­cluded.”

There will be a se­ries of pub­lic meet­ings held at vil­lage halls and in the town cen­tre about the changes, in­clud­ing at Wit­ter­sham. In a cor­rec­tion to an ear­lier re­port, the meet­ing is on Thurs­day, Au­gust 10, from 4.30pm to 7pm in the vil­lage hall.

To find out more, visit ash­ford. gov.uk/con­sult

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