SUSTAINING OUR VILLAGE COMMUNITIES
More than 2,000 English villages are classified as unsustainable for growth. Retirement villages offer a way of reversing the situation and are increasingly being seen as part of the solution as Kent wrestles with where best to put the much-needed new homes.
The tag of ‘unsustainable’ can often be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Housing allocations, including the delivery of affordable homes in these communities, is often highly restricted or not permitted, exacerbating the rural housing crisis by reducing supply and inflating prices.
Ironically, these new homes could help sustain these communities by reinvigorating the local pub, village shop or primary school, whether by young people arriving in a village or older residents remaining. Often the call is to provide more housing and employment opportunities for young people, helping them to remain in the local area and underpin small communities. Meeting the aspirations of downsizers frees up often larger homes for families and can have a positive impact on our communities.
At the heart of the issue is the question: what do we want our communities to be in the future and how can we sustain them? The conclusion has to be that, with an ageing population, retirement villages offer a more sustainable solution with new, smaller-scale developments meeting a housing need, and in turn supporting local facilities.
Matthew Woodhead, Director, DHA, Maidstone Very disappointed that your Advent quiz in the December 2018 edition contained errors. The answers in the January edition stated that Princess Alexandra, Charlie Chaplin and W C Fields were all born on Christmas Day (Q8). Well, Princess Alexandra was, but Charlie and WCF died on that day.
Q20 suggested that Conrad Hilton, Humphrey Bogart and Isaac Newton all died on 25 December when actually it was their birth dates. You have to be aware of the influence of the Julian calendar as far as Isaac Newton goes. I trusted your answers and used the Charlie Chaplin question in a quiz of my own. Some people, better acquainted with Chaplin’s life, pointed out my error. Actually, it was yours. I hope you blush like I did.
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