Main Changes to Local Plan 2030

Policy EMP9 - Sequential Assessment and Impact Test (MC60)

Page 207 Policy EMP9 Parag 5.203

Admin and Response to rep 2031

Amendments to paragraph 5.203, and Policy EMP9 Sequential Assessment and Impact Test - as follows:

5.203 The following policy sets out the requirements for consideration of applications for retail development which are located outside of identified primary shopping areas, and other main town centre uses that are not proposed in existing town centre boundaries, Ashford or Tenterden Primary Shopping Areas and are not in accordance with other site allocations policies within this Local Plan. For the avoidance of doubt, this policy does not apply to small scale retail and service provision, which is permitted in accordance with Policy EMP10 of this Local Plan.

Policy EMP9 - Sequential Assessment and Impact Test

Proposals for retail development town centre development which are not located in the Primary Shopping Areas, ­or for other ‘main town centre uses’ which are not located within the town centre boundaries, of Ashford or Tenterden Town Centres (as defined in Policy SP4, EMP7 and EMP8 and set out on the Policies Map), and are not in accordance with other site allocation policies in this plan, will only be permitted if all of the following criteria can be met:

  1. A sequential assessment has been carried out to demonstrate that no suitable sites are available in more central locations. Preference will be given to sites that are well connected to the town centre
  2. The site is accessible by a range of means of transport, and is well connected to the town centre, including by public transport, bicycle and foot.
  3. The proposal, either by itself, or in combination with other committed development proposals, will not harm significantly the vitality and viability of the relevant centre, or any significant negative impact upon the town centres can be adequately mitigated. Proposals for retail, leisure and office development which are greater than 500 sqm, will be required to carry out an impact assessment.