Main Changes to Local Plan 2030

Introduction (MC1)

Page 5 Para 2.4 - 2.26

Admin; response to rep 2504

Amendments to Introduction Section as follows:

Add new sentence to the end of paragraph 2.4:

Once adopted, the Council’s statutory development plan will consist of this Local Plan, the Chilmington Green Area Action Plan (2013) and any adopted neighbourhood plans. The Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan 2013-2030 also applies.

Amend Paragraph paragraphs 2.8 and 2.9 as follows to reflect current Neighbourhood Plan position:

Neighbourhood Plans

2.8 This Local Plan will sets out the strategic context within which any Neighbourhood Plan will operate. They must comply with national policy, with EU obligations and human rights requirements and with the strategic policies of the local development plan. For the purposes of neighbourhood planning, all policies within this local plan are considered strategic, not just those within the strategic policies section.

Currently As of mid-2017,the Borough has seven designated neighbourhood areas at Wye with Hinxhill, Rolvenden, Bethersden, Boughton Aluph and Eastwell, Pluckley, Hothfield, Charing and Egerton. The Neighbourhood Plans for these are at various stages in their evolution, with Wye with Hinxhill and Pluckley now adopted. being the furthest forward having passed examination and with a referendum to take place later this year. Where Neighbourhood Plan Areas had been established early on in the preparation of this Local Plan, proposals to allocate sites within these areas fall to the neighbourhood plan, where they are non-strategic in nature. Rolvenden is committed to allocating land for 40 dwellings and this is therefore included within the Housing Trajectory. Hothfield, Charing and Egerton are more recent designations and it has therefore been necessary for the Local Plan to consider and make site allocations within those parishes, where appropriate. That should not exclude those parishes from considering additional alternative proposals for addressing the equivalent (or greater) amount of development through their Neighbourhood Plans.

2.9 The Borough Council intends to work closely with those parishes producing Neighbourhood Plans to ensure that such Plans are consistent with both government planning policy and emerging all policies contained within this Local Plan in order that they may pass the 'basic conditions' test that Neighbourhood Plans are subject to at their examination stage.

Administrative changes to the Key Evidence section (Page 6) as follows:

Habitats Regulations Assessment 2016 2017 (HRA)

This Plan has been subject to a Habitats Regulations Assessment which has examined all the policies of this Plan in order to ascertain whether they are likely to have a significant, adverse, effect on the integrity of European Sites, protected under international law for their wildlife and/or landscape importance, both within, and in vicinity of, the Borough. This is an updated version of the Habitat Regulations Assessment 2016 and is published alongside the Proposed Main Changes in 2017 .

Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environment Assessment (SA)

An appraisal of the economic, environmental and social impacts of the Local Plan, prepared from the outset of the preparation of the process. The approach and policies listed in this Local Plan have been appraised to ensure that the accord with the principles and objectives identified within the sustainability appraisal, which includes an SA addendum published alongside the Proposed Main Changes in 2017. This has included assessment of options in terms of the levels of development proposed, the strategic distribution of development and specific site allocations. The Environmental Report demonstrates that the approach set out in this Plan is the most sustainable options, when considered against the reasonable alternatives.

Strategic Housing Market Assessment 2014 & 2015, and 2017 (SHMA)

2.13 The purpose of the SHMA is to develop a robust understanding of housing market dynamics, to provide an assessment of future needs for both market and affordable housing and the housing requirements of different groups within the population. The SHMA covers Ashford's Housing Market Area (HMA) and deals with the specific needs of the Ashford HMA. It provides a 'policy-off' assessment of future housing requirements, considering housing need and demand and also provides specific evidence and analysis of need and demand of different sizes of homes. In 2016, the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) published new 2014-based household projections which created the need for an update to the SHMA, which was undertaken and published in 2017.

Strategic Housing and Employment Availability Assessment 2016 (SHELAA)

2.14 The SHELAA 2016 identifies and assesses the potential availability of land for new development in Ashford. It assesses the individual and combined potential capacity of sites

that are considered to be deliverable or developable for housing and economic development over the plan period. This results in the identification of a future supply of land in the borough that may be suitable and available for development. The SHELAA is updated annually.

Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) (2016)

2.19 This iterative document sets out the infrastructure that is required to be delivered to support the planned development up to 2030. It has been informed by discussion with key providers and identifies (where known) how and when this infrastructure might be delivered and to what extent new development is directly reliant on its delivery as a means of prioritising the required infrastructure. The IDP has been updated to reflect the Proposed Main Changes 2017

Amend paragraph 2.26 relating to reviewing the Local Plan as follows:

Formal review of the Local Plan

2.26 This Local Plan is intended to be formally reviewed, by 2023 to ensure that the wider policy position is suitably up to date and the development envisaged - and supporting infrastructure - has been delivered. It is intended that the review will be adopted by 2025. This period of time provides the right balance between providing enough time to allow the policy framework to be implemented by the market and to give them certainty, with the inevitable need to respond to change as time goes by. However, should circumstances dictate, such as significant undersupply of housing delivery or the non-delivery of key infrastructure (namely Junction 10a) then an earlier formal review will be undertaken.