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Cllr. Tony Harwood Calls for Maidstone Gardens Policy

May 8, 2014 1:29 PM

Local Lib Dem Planning Spokesman Cllr. Tony Harwood has called for maidstone's Local Plan to ensure minimum standards for garden size and provision of open space with apartment buildings. Tony describes gardens as central to delivering "a civilised living environment and good quality of life".

Tony's call for usable garden space, especially for family homes, reflects the local Lib Dems determination to deliver less but better quality new housing in Maidstone Borough. Maidstone Council Lib Dem Group Leader Fran Wilson commented: "Maidstone Council's bloated 19,600 housing target means that high density housing is being proposed across our Borough including green campus sites such as Springfield and Invicta Park and high profile locations like the Haynes site on Ashford Road. Such high density housing is not good for individuals, families or the environment and we are determined that a realistic housing figure is agreed that will allow the delivery of proper communities with gardens and green spaces."

Cllr. Tony Harwood's call for a a Maidstone Gardens Policy:

Objection - Policy DM4 - Principles of Good Design (and other relevant policies running through Local Plan)

This Policy should set minimum standards for garden space provision (which should be generous in family homes) and open space in association with apartment buildings. Open space, for quiet relaxation and play is in increasingly short supply within our residential areas and domestic contact with the natural world is vital. Modern housing density is far too high in Maidstone Borough (urban and rural), and the Local Plan should be used as a tool to ensure a civilised living environment and good quality of life. Please note that this 'garden policy' is separate to public open space policy (where the agreed ANGSt should be complied with).

Provision of decent-sized gardens / green space associated with apartments should be a key theme running through the Local Plan. Maidstone must remain a green and pleasant borough and this means gardens, trees, wildlife and space to relax and breathe.