Rosie responds to the local plan

Rosie responds to the local plan

Our open spaces and woodlands are the lungs of our community. They are areas that enhance the quality of all our lives, and I am committed to preserving them wherever possible. I also understand the desperate need for new affordable homes, both locally and nationally. The important point for all of us here in the Canterbury area is that these developments must take place in the right places. The proposed construction of 2,000 homes on land currently owned by the University of Kent has provoked much concern. As an MP I have always considered it my absolute duty to represent all constituents, and I hear loud and clear the strong opposition to a scheme that would effectively change the landscape so dramatically and put a huge strain on our infrastructure and the lives of residents.

Labour has developed a new countryside protection plan to enhance biodiversity, increase access to landscapes and end declines in British wildlife. A new housing strategy will seek to shift the economic focus away from the overcrowded South East towards less densely-populated areas in desperate need of economic development. If re-elected, I would like to reassure everyone that I back this strategy, but I am also committed to representing the strength of feeling from community groups and individuals within my constituency. However, needs and resources must be balanced. Where there is any clash of objectives, it is my intention to facilitate dialogue with a view to achieving a sensible compromise wherever possible.



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