Saturday, 21 April 2012

HOUSING: DUAL USE SITES IN URBAN CENTRES

Kent Green Party has been campaigning to get urban car parks into use for housing and not just car parking for some time. Since Councils in Kent are in conflict with local communities about where to site housing, Steve Dawe explains why supermarket car parks should be the sites of choice for future urban centre car parking:

“No one who cares about Kent and Medway wants to see housing built on greenfield sites. Kent Green Party suggests that all supermarket car parks in or near urban centres be treated as potential sites for housing. These single use sites can be made into dual use sites meeting housing demand. For example, supermarket parking could be retained at ground level, a second level could be for residential parking, and then 2 or 3 levels above could be for residential apartments.

“There are battles between councils and the community over housing everywhere in Kent and Medway. Conflicts like those over Chilmington Green near Ashford, or over putting in excess of 1000 homes into Whitfield, or over putting several hundred homes on agricultural land in central Thanet, or ripping out a rare Wellingtonia tree on the former Pinnacles Pub site in Tonbridge could all be avoided if imaginative use is made of what are currently single-use only supermarket car parks.

“Kent Green Party believeS the highest possible priority should be given to social housing in these locations.”

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FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Dawe, Press Officer of Kent Green Party, on 01732 355185 or 07747 036192. Contact address as above. Promoted by H.Dawe and published by Kent Green Party, both at 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF. Monthly free ezine KENT GREEN NEWS available for subscription at www.kentgreenparty.org

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