Main Changes to Local Plan 2030

Policy S27 - Biddenden - North Street (MC32)

Page 127 Policy S27

Response to reps 269, 832, 2637, 154, 2047, 2048, 2363, 122, 1618, 1786

Amend paragraphs in Policy S27 Biddenden North Street as follows:

4.289 The vehicular access will be provided on North Street as shown on the policy map. As this site is located on the edge of the village, the new development must be designed in a way that integrates it, visually and functionally, as much as possible to the existing settlement. There is pedestrian access to the village centre through a well used PRoW (Public Footpath AT10), which runs alongside the western boundary of the site and joins Mansion House Close, the Meadows and the recreation field. However, this route into the centre of the village is unlikely to be suitable for all users, particularly when wet, and therefore development must provide for improvements to the surfacing and drainage of this footpathIn addition a pedestrian crossing and traffic calming measures must be provided on the A274, from the site entrance, to the footpath on the opposite side of North Street.

Amend paragraph 4.292 as follows:

4.292 The site is currently visually well screened by mature trees and hedgerows. This screening and landscaping should be retained and enhanced to minimise the visual impact of the new development on the existing residents to the east and south of the site and on the character and setting of the nearby Conservation Area and listed buildings. As there are ponds on site, an ecological survey should be undertaken to assess if any mitigation is required.

Insert new paragraph after 4.294:

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.

Amend Policy S27 as follows:

Policy S27 - Biddenden - North Street

The site is proposed for residential use for up to an indicative capacity of 45 dwellings. Development proposals for this site shall:

a. Provide a community facility building on-site to accommodate local services and functions, designed in consultation with appropriate stakeholders;

b. Be designed and laid out in such a way as to integrate the development into the existing settlement, taking into account design guidance in the Biddenden Parish Design Statement;

c. Create a pedestrian crossing and appropriate traffic calming measures on North Street and Ensure pedestrian access to Provide for improvements to the surfacing and drainage of the existing Public Right of Way on the western edge of the site that leads to the village centre (Public Footpath AT10);

d. Ensure appropriate bespoke on-site parking is provided for the community facility building;

e. Retain and enhance current hedge and tree boundaries around the site to create a soft landscape buffer between new development and neighbouring properties;

f. Create informal open space on-site and provide contributions towards the management, maintenance and enhancement of formal open space and play equipment located on the village recreation ground;

g. Undertake ecological survey work;

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