The plans put forward by Barratt Kent are totally inappropriate for Aylesford Village.
Like the majority of local residents who have contacted us, Aylesford Conservatives support the principle of new housing on the Somerfield Depot site on Station Road.
People need houses to live in, and young families in particular deserve an opportunity to have a home of their own. Low cost starter homes, shared ownership schemes and social housing are often the only way onto the housing ladder for many local people - and few would deny them that opportunity.
It is also true that it is far better to build new homes on disused industrial / brown-field sites than concreting over more of our precious green-belt for housing developments.
However, the proposals for 458 properties are far too dense. Low quality four storey housing is totally out of character with our community; there is insufficient provision for car parking; no detailed proposals to improve road safety or traffic management; no suggestions to enhance the local community or improve infrastructure.
There are also no proposals about how local schools, medical facilities and services will cope with perhaps a thousand additional residents.
Local Conservatives would happily support the building of a mixture of good quality new houses that would enhance our community and provide comfortable homes for the new families that move here.
Regrettably, much of the discretion once enjoyed by local councils to enforce changes to planning applications to protect local communities has been abolished by John Prescott and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
Aylesford Conservatives have launched a petition appealing to Barrett Kent to listen to local concerns and consider the needs of the existing community before proceeding with their present plans.
1,400 copies of our petition are being delivered to homes in Aylesford on Saturday 21st October.If you have not received a copy of the petition and would like to support the campaign, please contact Dave Smith on 01622 715487.
We cannot support the present proposals from Barratt Kent.People deserve affordable yet good quality homes…… and Aylesford deserves a better quality development!