02 NOV 2016

MP slams 'nonsensical' housing targets

Local MP Helen Grant has spoken up today for the people of Maidstone and the Weald in a Westminster Hall Debate discussing housing in Kent.

The thirty minute debate, brought forward by fellow Kent MP Gordon Henderson, was intending to highlight a feeling that Kent is being asked to take too many new homes in comparison to other areas of the country.

More poignantly these homes will likely be occupied by those working outside of the county, living in commuter towns such as Maidstone. Therefore creating further congestion on the busy roads and public transport network.

Speaking in the debate, Mrs Grant stressed:

"A nonsensical 18,560 new homes are planned for the Maidstone area notwithstanding the already serious and chronic traffic congestion around the town.

Does my honourable friend agree with me that local authorities must be much more bold and robust in using legitimate constraints that are provided for in the NPPF, in setting more sensible and sustainable housing need figures in their draft local plans?"

Maidstone's Draft Local Plan is currently with the Inspector for consideration and public hearings are ongoing. Mrs Grant hopes to attend the hearing relating to transport and infrastructure on Thursday 17th November.

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