I’ve just had this Cliftonville West press-release on the new planning policy and have been asked to share it with you:
“The emerging planning policy to stop the further creation of single bedroom flat and bed-sit accommodation in Cliftonville West has been given strong support from the three ward councillors Linda Aldred, Doug Clark and Clive Hart.
The proposed Thanet District Council policy, which all three ward councillors have been lobbying for over the past two years, finally came to the TDC Planning Committee on Wednesday evening (17th May) and it was given a very warm welcome from the Cliftonville West team.
The emerging policy is intended to redress the over supply of bed sit accommodation and houses of multiple occupation that have distorted the local community balance and fuelled serious social problems. The proposal is to restrict planning applications for one-bedroom flats in the Cliftonville West Renewal Area as families who require more than one bedroom are more likely to stay and become a real part of the local community than single, more transient, individuals.
At the planning meeting Cllr. Linda Aldred said ‘We welcome the proposed policy. We regularly see the transient nature of Cliftonville West and the problems that it creates through our ward casework and at our councillor surgeries. Along with the Renewal initiatives in our area this policy could really help bring the ward out of deprivation’.
Following on Cllr. Clive Hart said ‘I agree with Cllr. Aldred. As ward councillors, We’ve been calling for this action for a long time now and I have spoken to our third colleague Cllr. Clark today who also wants the committee to know he gives this policy his full backing. Speed is now essential. Things are happening every day and the implementation can’t come soon enough ’”