Maidstone Greens have heavily criticised the council in their submission to the strategic sites consultation. Maidstone Borough Council have proposed building 3000 houses, mostly large executive homes, on farm land in the borough. The Greens have called for high density affordable homes and social housing to be developed within the existing footprint of the town to meet current housing pressures and to preserve much needed arable land.
The Greens have stated that the need for housing is predominantly for younger people and young families who need to be close to good transport links, schools and employment.
Stuart Jeffery, Maidstone Green Party: "It is simply absurd to build large executive homes on much needed farm land. Building houses to suit the rich at the expense of land needed for jobs and food has to be wrong.
"The council needs to focus on providing homes for young people and young families. They also need to ensure that new homes don't end up increasing traffic flows significantly and the best way to do this is to develop them close to existing infrastructure while improving public transport, walking and cycling.
"Building high density homes can be problematic if it is done badly. Making sure that they are built as communities with close, accessible green areas around them is essential.
"The council also need to focus on bringing empty properties back into use. There are over 500 long term empty homes in the borough which could contribute significantly to reduce the demand for homes."
- Core Strategy Strategic Sites Allocation documents available at: http://www.maidstone.gov.uk/environment_and_planning/planning/local_development_framework/core_strategy_strategic_site_a.aspx
- Maidstone Green Party's submission is available at: http://maidstonegreenparty.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/core-strategy-strategic-site-allocations.html