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  • Local homes for local people

    The current planning system is woefully inadaquete at delivering a steady supply of “affordable” homes for those who need them. Currently an affordable element is only required on a development of 10 or more properties. In rural areas such as Saxon Shore, where developments larger than 10 homes is often inappropriate and damaging to the…

  • Universal Credit rollout

      I understand that residents who are due to receive universal credit in Saxon Shore have been assigned to Folkestone and are needing to travel there to sort out their paperwork. This is an error from DWP and Ashford Borough Council have confirmed last night that anyone who wishes to transfer back to Ashford to…

  • Government Inspector Examination of the Local Plan

    The local plan was examined by the Government Inspectorate during April- June. I made 3 resperesentations in person to speak on behalf of Saxon Shore, and also sent written representations prior to the examination begin. Whilst we await the full Inspector report, summary findings have been reported and can be found on the Council website.…

  • The Big Traffic Conversation

        The Consultation into the future of local transport services in Kents rural areas has begun.  Have your say by attending one of the meetings, and completing the consultation questionnaire. https://www.kent.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/travelling-around-kent/big-conversation    

  • The Ashford Local Plan

      I represented the ward at the Ashford Local Plan at 3 sessions. I argued that Poilcy HOU3a is not fit for purpose in its current form as it treats small villages and hamlets inexactly the same way for the purposes of residential development as a large village and Ashford town itself- wholyy inappropriate and…

  • Local Needs Housing Planning Application 16/01828/AS Land to the rear of Ragstone Hollow,Aldington

    The Planning application for 4 local needs bungalows has been approved for Aldington. I welcome this development as it utilises and improves a brownfield site of Council owned garages that are no longer needed, due to the sale of Council houses through right to buy. These homes will deliver for local people and will be…

  • Modular Housing one solution to the housing crisis?

      I recently attended a number of events looking into Modular Housing as part of the solution to the housing crisis, and in  particular, to the social housing crisis. Modular homes are modern Prefabs Modular Homes are designed for the 21st century, they are cost effective, quick to build and energy efficient. Modular Homes meet…

  • Planning Committee Planning Application 16/01818/AS

      16/01828/AS Land to the rear of Ragstone Hollow, Aldington, Kent Ward member submission   Aldington Parish is desperately in need of truly affordable homes for local people. A  local need housing survey conducted in 2015 demonstrated a strong need for at least 16 homes. This application has been widely debated in the village and…

  • Rural means Rural

            The Campaign for “Rural means Rural” is the voice of residents in the village of Ruckinge  and other villages in Saxon Shore and Kent who are worried by The amount of development in  the rural areas The scale of developments and the sheer number of developments The damage this is doing…

  • What is Otterpool and why is it important for Saxon Shore?

    Otterpool is a proposed Garden Village, planned for the old Folkestone Racecourse on 700 hectares of land. If approved, this development will deliver 12000 homes over a 30 year period, in a Garden village environemt, geared to offer large areas of green open space and countryside. 40% of the development with be devoted to Green…