HOUSING CRISIS: Parish council body says Kent's homes' targets are too high
Friday 6th March 2020
A BODY representing parish councils in Kent has identified a housing crisis “as a result of trying to achieve targets set by Government”.
Kent Association of Local Councils (KALC) sent a letter to Kent's MPs saying the “new Government now has the opportunity to rectify the situation by acting on policies that its has already set out in its manifesto...”
KALC is seeking a meeting with all the Kent members.
The letter, dated February 12, adds: “The manifesto sets out plans for the housing market which includes a commitment to build ‘at least a million homes of all tenures over the next five years’, suggesting a slowdown on the previous target of 300,000 a year.”
With new PM Boris Johnson's emphasis away from London and the south-east, says KALC, the target for Kent should be reassessed “within this target”.
The Conservative opposition group leader at Maidstone Borough Council, John Perry, managed to obtain cross-party support for a letter, endorsed by MPs Helen Whately and Helen Grant, to be sent to the housing minister setting out the grounds for appealing against a possible 28,000 homes.
The Liberal Democrat-led administration at Maidstone Borough Council is committed to 17,600 in the Local Plan and a possible 10,500 more in the plan’s review.
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