We store cookies on your device to make sure we give you the best experience on this website. I'm fine with this - Turn cookies off
Switch to an accessible version of this website which is easier to read. (requires cookies)

Housing and the Local Plan

August 29, 2014 9:00 AM

Maidstone Liberal Democrats have been arguing that new trends for household growth from the Office of National Statistics should be used to reduce Maidstone's housing numbers in the new Local Plan. At the meeting on Tuesday 19th August of the Planning, Transport and Development Scrutiny Committee the housing need figure was duly reduced from 19,600 to 18,600.

Whilst welcome this is still far too many houses for Maidstone to accommodate and we must continue to use every means at our disposal to further reduce the amount of housing that Maidstone will be expected to accommodate.

Whatever the final numbers of dwellings that are to be built, the Local Plan must aim to reduce the impact of new construction on the environment. In order to achieve this Cllr Fran Wilson proposed that the following policies should be brought forward as quickly as possible: garden and open space standards, internal space standards for new dwellings and parking policy. These have been successfully implemented by other councils and been seen to stand up to planning appeal. Cllr Wilson said "I was delighted that my proposal obtained cross party support. We now need to ensure that we move ahead as quickly as possible.

Councillor Brian Mortimer added : "The additional policy safeguards we have sucessfully argued for aim to provide homes with properly sized gardens, useable living space and adaquate car parking, instead of the undersized cramped developments we have been seeing in recent years."