Main Changes to Local Plan 2030

Policy S31 - Hamstreet, Land North of St.Mary's Close (MC35)

Page 136 Policy S31 Parag. 4.315

Admin and Response to reps 2196, 2365, 12, 1210, 1246, 1218, 2676

Amendments to S31 – Hamstreet – North of St Marys Close

4.315 Alongside these facilities, the site is considered suitable for residential development with an indicative capacity of up to 80 dwellings (15dph). Due to the size of the development, it is proposed that the site should be developed in two phases. The initial western phase (Phase A) is for 50 units with a second phase (Phase B) for an additional 30 units that should not come forward before 2023. Phase B should not be developed before Phase A. In addition, this site is considered suitable for development of a care home of circa 60 beds subject to there being sufficient evidence of need.

4.318 The location of the development site adjoining open countryside and sensitive woodland areas means that the density of new development should be relatively low and provide generous landscaped buffers to the northern and eastern boundaries. A mix of dwelling types and sizes should be provided. The site has a rural aspect and given the character and appearance of the surrounding area, dwellings no greater than 2 storeys in height would be appropriate here. The design and layout of any scheme must take account of the residential amenity of neighbouring occupiers. The Hamstreet Village Design Statement should be taken into account to achieve a suitably designed development that reflects local character and to ensure that any development makes a positive contribution to the built environment.

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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.

Amendments to Policy S31:

Policy S31 - Hamstreet - Land North of St. Mary's Close

Land North of St. Mary’s Close, Hamstreet is proposed for residential development for up to an indicative capacity of 80 dwellings and associated facilities for use in conjunction with Hamstreet Primary Academy. The area shall be implemented in two separate phases with the western part of the site (Phase A) of up to 50 units to be developed first. The eastern part (Phase B) of up to 30 units shall not commence until 2023.

Development proposals for this site shall:

a. Provide a new youth football pitch to Football Association standards with changing room facilities and storage, for use by the Academy and by the wider community at other times;

b. Provide a new area of staff car parking for the Academy with a minimum of 60 spaces which would be used to serve the new football pitch at other times;

c. Provide an outdoor classroom facility for the Academy at the eastern edge of the site within Phase B;

d. Be designed and laid out to take account of the residential amenity of neighbouring occupiers. Particular attention needs to be given to the topography of the site and dwellings should be orientated to enable overlooking and natural surveillance of open areas. The development should be no more than two storeys in height. The guidance in the Hamstreet Village Design Statement shall inform the design and layout of the development;

e. Provide vehicular and pedestrian access from Ashford Road;

f. Provide and fund the implementation of an agreed detailed traffic management plan for the scheme that includes measures that reduce vehicle speeds along Ashford Road and improve pedestrian safety at this point in the village, including the enhancement of pedestrian routes between the site and local services;

g. Fund implementation of suitable on-street parking restrictions for non-residents;

h. Provide new pedestrian and cycle routes throughout the development and connections to the existing PRoW that runs through the site, as well as any necessary improvements to the and work with the relevant authorities to enable improvement of the pedestrian crossing at the railway line as part of PRoW, and pedestrian routes to the village centre;

 i. Provide a generous landscaped buffer to the northern and eastern boundaries of the site; and,

j. Provide for the installation of children’s equipped play facilities within Phase A of the development;

k. Provide an Environmental Impact Assessment Study to address any potential adverse impacts of the proposals on the biodiversity of the Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye Bay Ramsar site and how they can be avoided or mitigated;

l. Consider the impact upon views to and from the site, informed by a landscape and visual impact assessment, to determine appropriate structural and internal landscaping and building heights, and having particular regard to the significance of the adjacent SSSI and Ancient Woodland;

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