Claire is Chair of the Faversham Community Land Trust
There was no clear decision at the Local Plan Panel meeting on the distribution of housing numbers across Swale for the next Local Plan. Faversham’s representatives voted for the A & B options, but the majority was for option C. Central government has decided that Swale has to accept 10,000 more houses in the fifteen years from 2022.
Swale cannot simply refuse the housing; the central government dictate has to be accommodated across Swale. Within Swale we can debate the distribution, specific sites and kinds of houses built. The Faversham Community Land Trust commissioned research for Arc4 to determine what kinds of housing local people need and we will be campaigning for these needs to be met.
The Faversham Society has published a really useful critique of the Options paper being considered by Swale. We were pleased to see the Faversham Society’s recognition of the importance of ensuring that the plan delivers emphasis on really or truly affordable housing in their Statement on Swale Housing Options
Swale Borough Council's Emerging Local Plan for Swale
Faversham Town Council's Neighbourhood Plan