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The History of Kent
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History of New Ash Green
New Ash Green was developed as a 'green fields' site in the 1960s, borrowing its
name from the nearest existing village of Ash, between Gravesend and .
The plan was to house 6,000 people, including some of London's 'overspill' population, in 2,200 homes built on 430 acres of farmland.
The houses would be built around The Minnis, an open green, in a pattern of neighbourhoods separated by woodland but linked by footpaths and vehicle-
When the idea was first put forward, Kent County Council turned it down. So did a government inspector at a public enquiry. However, Richard Crossmen, the then Minister of Housing, overruled them both and building began in 1967. Problems started when the Greater London Council, which had said it would rent 450 of the homes for, overspill, Londoners, pulled out. The developers lost financial backing and quit the project, leaving it started but far from finished, and the village was labelled as a an experiment that failed.
In 1971, another developer took over the site of the half-