Main Changes to Local Plan 2030

Policy S24 - Tenterden Southern Extension Phase B (MC29)

Page 119-120 Policy S24

Amendments to Policy S24 – Tenterden Southern Extension Phase B

4.265 The Phase B land will, in future, form the southern edge of Tenterden and it is important that this new urban edge is properly integrated into its landscape setting as the existing form of

Tenterden is a product of geology, landform, and therefore landscape. The High Weald AONB wraps around the site to the south-east and south-west, and the southern boundary is

marked by an identifiable landscape feature, in the form of the stream running eastwards from near Morghew. For these reasons the southern boundary to the site should be marked by

a substantial woodland (incorporating wetland) belt, joining the existing woodland to the east and effectively reinforcing the connection between the two parts of the AONB into one integrated whole, and having particular regard to its setting. The precise depth and arrangement of this strategic planting / wetland belt should be determined in the masterplanning of the site but it should be at least 20 metres in order to: (Remainder of paragraph is retained)

4.266 As this planted / wetland area should lie within the site boundary, and given the transition towards the open countryside beyond, the Phase B land should produce an average residential density of around 30 dwellings per hectare. The precise quantum of development that could be achieved in Phase B should be determined by a detailed masterplanning exercise but the overall capacity of the Phase B site is likely to be in the region of 175 225 units.

4.267 Phase B needs to be seen and planned as an evolution of the Phase A development, in line with an overall masterplan that creates a clear and coherent framework for this significant extension to the town. The Phase B land should not be occupied before Phase A as this would produce a separate settlement which would not strengthen the town centre and would leave a fragmented open area between the Phase B land and the existing town centre without clear purpose or structure. Furthermore, the Phase B land could not successfully be linked to the town centre by high quality routes through the Phase A development if these had not been provided and / or Phase A was still under construction.

4.268 The masterplan / development brief should investigate the matters referred to above including the extent to which built development should extend southwards in Phase B, the precise scale and location of the strategic woodland / wetland belt, key pedestrian and vehicular routes within and through the development site, including the conservation of historic routes.

4.269 The masterplan / development brief should also address requirements for on site community infrastructure such as public open space, play facilities, recreational facilities and the maintenance of these as well as more strategic infrastructure requirements, such as the provision of education, health and social care facilities that may be provided on or off-site. The location of potential local community facilities / services and any employment land within the site, and their phasing and delivery will also form part of the masterplan for the site.

Add paragraph after 4.269:

Southern Water’s assessment has revealed that additional sewerage infrastructure would be required to serve the proposed development. The development will therefore be required to make a connection to the nearest point of adequate capacity in the sewerage network. Early liaison should take place with the service provider in this regard.

Consequent changes to policy text with regards to capacity, criterion b) and two new criterion added as follows:

Policy S24 - Tenterden Southern Extension Phase B

Land to the south of the TENT 1A development is proposed for residential development and the site (known as Phase B) is suitable for an additional 175 indicative capacity of 225 dwellings. The Phase B site shall not be occupied until the TENT1A development has been completed.

b) The creation of pedestrian and cycleway routes through the site to link with the TENT 1A development, the town centre and existing public rights of way both on and off-site, whilst also protecting historic and existing routes through the site;

f) Be designed and laid out in such a way as to protect the character and setting of the AONB;

g) Provide a connection to the nearest point of adequate capacity in the sewerage network, in collaboration with the service provider.

(Remainder of policy is retained)