Liberal Democrat Councillor's from Watling Ward have written to Kent County Council Cabinet Member to request that the provision of affordable housing is given priority in decision making over sale of former social care site.
Earlier in the year, KCC advertised the former site of Kiln Court and Osbourne Court in Faversham for Sale. Bidding on the site closed at the end of May, but as yet KCC hasn't finalised the sale.
Cllrs Ben J Martin, Eddie Thomas, Chris Cavanagh and John Irwin have written a joint letter to KCC's Cabinet Member for Finance requesting that extra weight is given to the potential to provide homes for affordable rent on the site rather than the site being sold for standard market sale development.
Cllr Ben J Martin said, "My ward colleagues, the wider Liberal Democrat team in Faversham and I, are keen to ensure that housing development in our area makes a positive contribution for local residents and that homes built meet local need. We urgently need more affordable housing for local people, with approximately 1,200 families currently on Swale's housing register waiting desperately for an affordable rent home. The sale of the former Social care sites is a perfect opportunity for KCC to make a positive contribution towards providing affordable housing for local people."
Cllr Eddie Thomas added "KCC's own Affordable Housing Select Committee recommended that KCC should make more of it's land available for affordable housing development. This is the perfect opportunity for KCC to deliver on that recommendation. The site has become an eyesore in recent years, and has attracted many issues. Using the site to provide much-needed affordable housing for local families could make a huge difference to the area and to the lives of many families."
A full copy of the letter can be seen below.