Main Changes to Local Plan 2030

Policy S4 - Land North of Steeds Lane and Magpie Hall Road (MC11)

Pages 56 -59 Policy S4 Paras 4.50 – 4.60

Response to reps 384, 387, 1170, 1814, 2350

Proposed changes to supporting text and Policy S4 – Land north of Steeds Lane and Magpie Hall Road

Amend paragraph 4.46:

This site is proposed for residential development with an indicative capacity of 400 dwellings of up to 320 units, although a final site capacity should be determined following a detailed and comprehensive site masterplanning exercise that should inform any planning permission for development on the site. There is potential for residential development in three distinct parts of the site. The land north of the cricket ground forms the principal area of new development but smaller, secondary areas west of Ashford Road and east of Bond Lane can also contribute to the creation of a new settlement which has different and varied characters as part of it and which are part of a wider vision for how the area in general can be brought forward in a sustainable, high quality way.

Amend paragraph 4.50:

4.50 To the north of the properties in Magpie Hall Road, the land is ecologically sensitive and forms part of the drainage areas from the higher land to the north, so development potential here is more limited. This land also directly links to the areas proposed for ecological and drainage mitigation associated with the neighbouring Court Lodge Farm site and the wider extension of Discovery Park (policy S3). Therefore, development is proposed north of the watercourse that passes through this area, to be accessed from a new road which will include provisions for buses, pedestrians and cyclists, that will eventually link through to the proposed Local Centre at Court Lodge. Development will help to animate this route and should wrap around the contours avoiding the higher ground to the north. Development here should also be at relatively low residential densities reflecting the characteristics of existing properties on Ashford Road and Magpie Hall Road i.e. at a mean net density of around 15dph.

Add new sentence at end of Paragraph 4.57:

Similarly, the layout of roads within the site should take account of the potential opportunities for future bus services to create connections with Court Lodge and Chilmington to the west and the Town Centre and Station to the north.

Add new paragraph after 4.60:

Careful consideration will need to be given to the impact of the proposed development on the parcel of Ancient Woodland (Isaacs Wood) within the boundary of the site on its eastern side. This could include the development of an appropriate management and access strategy, but will always involve its conservation and enhancement as part of the overall design of the area.

Changes to Policy S4 as follows:

Land north of Steeds Lane and Magpie Hall Road is proposed for residential development, for 320 with an indicative capacity of 400 dwellings.

Add two new criterion:  

 d) Ecology - details of ecological mitigation measures to be provided on the site and proposals for their implementation and future maintenance. Appropriate species and habitat surveys will be carried out, details of which will inform ecological mitigation measures to be provided on the site and proposals for their future implementation, maintenance and monitoring. Particular attention to the conservation and enhancement of Isaacs Wood (Ancient woodland) will be required"

 f) Drainage – the layout and treatment of surface water drainage through the use of SuDS should be provided as an integral part of the landscape design and open space strategy along with acceptable maintenance arrangements and, west of Ashford Road, be compatible with drainage proposals serving Court Lodge Development. The development should provide a connection to the nearest point of adequate capacity in the sewerage network, in collaboration with the service provider and provide future access to the existing sewerage infrastructure for maintenance and upsizing purposes.

(Remainder of policy is retained)