HC Deb 06 July 1965 vol 715 cc193-4W
41. Mr. Deedes

asked the Minister of Housing and Local Government what considerations led his Department to recommend housing densities of about 77.8 persons per acre or 100 persons per acre on the new estates of Bockhanger and Stanhope, respectively, which constitute part of Ashford's expansion under the Town Development Act; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Mellish

For the Bockhanger scheme the Ashford U.D.C. itself proposed a net density of 80 persons per acre. At an early stage in preparation of the plans for the Stanhope area, officers of the Department suggested that a net density of 100 persons per acre might produce the most economical housing scheme. The council pointed out that this would mean too many flats and not enough houses to meet their needs. In the event the Department and the council agreed on a net density of 80 persons per acre for the scheme, which will consist mainly of two-storey houses. This represents an economical use of the land.