Housing without harming the countryside

While we need to provide homes for the next generation, it’s vital that new houses go in the right place with the infrastructure to support them.

This mean protecting green spaces that matter to people, and building homes that meet the needs of modern life with good broadband and high energy efficiency.

I will always stand up for people in Faversham and Mid Kent - both locally and in Parliament - to make sure we get development that is right for our community.

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