Bethersden Neighbourhood Development Plan (Regulation 16)


The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulation 2012 – Regulation 16

The Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004

The proposal

Bethersden Parish Council has submitted the Bethersden Neighbourhood Plan, 2015-2030 to Ashford Borough Council. As the local planning authority, ABC is now required to consult for six weeks - which it has decided to extend to eight weeks - on the submission document. This follows a previous six week period of consultation held by the Parish Council in 2015.

The Bethersden Neighbourhood Plan has been developed in consultation with the local community and provides a vision for the future of the Parish. It sets out a vision, site specific policies and topic policies, which will be used to help determine planning applications within the Parish.

The accompanying Sustainability Assessment (SA), incorporating the requirement of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Directive, is also offered for consultation in compliance with EU obligations.

Where and when the plan may be inspected

An electronic copy of the Bethersden Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documentation is available to view via the Planning Portal at

Paper copies of the neighbourhood plan and copies of the Representation form are also available to view at:



 Opening Times

Ashford Borough Council

Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford, TN23 1PL

 Monday to Friday 9am-4pm

Ashford Gateway Plus

Church Road, Ashford, TN23 1AS

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9am-6pm; Thursday 9am-8pm; Friday 9am-6pm; Saturday 9am - 5pm

Bethersden Post Office & Stores

The Street, Bethersden TN27 3AD

Monday to Friday 8.30am-5.30pm (Closed 1-2pm); Sunday 9.30 -11.30am

Vibez Hairdressers

London House, The Street, Bethersden TN26 3AD

Monday-Friday 9am-5pm (Closed Wednesday); Saturday 9am-4pm

The George

The Street, Bethersden TN26 3AG

Monday to Sunday noon-11:30pm

The Bull Inn

Bull Hill, Bethersden TN26 3LB

Monday to Sunday noon-11pm

How to make representations

We encourage comments to be made via the Planning Portal. Alternatively you can respond by completing the representation form and emailing it to, or by posting it to Planning Policy, Ashford Borough Council, Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1PL. Representation forms must be used if not using the Planning Portal.

The consultation period runs for eight weeks from Friday 15th December 2017 and Friday 9th February 2018. Any comments received after the closing date will not be considered.

Please state on the representation form whether you would like to be notified of the Examiner’s recommendations and future progress on the Bethersden Neighbourhood Plan.

This consultation has now closed.


  • Opened
    15 Dec 2017 at 09:00
  • Closed
    9 Feb 2018 at 23:59


  • Basic Conditions Statement
    This statement explains how the proposed neighbourhood development plan meets the requirements of paragraph 8 of Schedule 4B to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
  • Bethersden Neighbourhood Development Plan
    This is the proposed Neighbourhood Development Plan
  • Consultation Statement
    The Consultation Statement contains details of the persons and bodies who were consulted about the proposed neighbourhood development plan; explains how they were consulted; summarises the main issues and concerns raised by the persons consulted; and outlines how these were considered and addressed as relevant in the plan.
  • Map of Neighbourhood Area
    Designation Statement/Map showing the area to which the proposed neighbourhood development plan relates
  • Representation Form (Bethersden)
    Please use this form to make your representations on any part of the plan, sustainability appraisal or supporting documentation. Please complete this form electronically.
  • Representation Guidance Note
    This document provides guidance on how to make a representation on the Bethersden Neighbourhood Plan.
  • Sustainability Appraisal
    Incorporating the requirements of the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Directive