KENT PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Sunday 4th May 2008 – 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF - www.kentgreenparty.org 0845 257 4236 – 01732 355185 – Mobile: 07747 036192
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GREENS CONDEMN ‘UNWORKABLE’ DOVER HOUSING EXPANSION
Kent Green Party has condemned proposals for a massive housing expansion in the Dover area as ‘unworkable’ in the current economic climate and in terms of environmental impacts. The Party has submitted a substantial submission to the Dover and Deal District Council consultation on its Local Development Framework (1). Steve Dawe (2) comments:
“Increasing housing allocated for Dover from 8000 to 14,000 units is inviting traffic congestion on an unprecedented scale. New housing generally means an average of 2 cars per household, which has the potential to add dramatically to Dover’s problems with Heavy Goods Vehicles. Such development cannot be accommodated unless greenfield sites are used, which Kent Green Party opposes in principle. Housing should be on brownfield sites, meeting local demand, as near as possible to basic facilities like schools, hospitals, GP and dental practices, Post Offices and essential shops.
“The Council has not considered building over or above surface car parks to meet local demand for housing. It needs to encourage conversions that provide more space in existing housing: more loft conversions and more creation of basements. Existing air pollution problems cannot be resisted and removed unless traffic reduction policies are followed. These would need to include siting new homes near facilities and having covenants on new apartment developments ensuring no car parking is provided to help keep car use down in urban areas. This has already been done in Canterbury, Edinburgh and Brighton.”
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FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe 01732 355185, mobile: 07747 036192 and contact address as above.
The submission can be found at http://www.kentgreenparty.org/resources.htm
Steve Dawe is South East Green Party Speaker on Housing, Planning and Development (joint).