Policy EMP2 - Loss or redevelopment of Employment Sites and Premises (MC59)

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Amendments to Policy EMP2 Loss or redevelopment of Employment Sites and Premises - as follows:

Policy EMP2 - Loss or redevelopment of Employment Sites and Premises

In the Ashford urban area:

Proposals for the loss or redevelopment of existing employment sites or premises (outside the town centre) will not be permitted unless at least one of the following criteria applies:

  1. The site is no longer appropriate for the continuation of the previous or any other employment use in terms of its serious impact on the neighbouring occupiers or environment; or,
  2. It has been shown that the unit has remained unlet or for sale for a substantial period for all appropriate types of B class employment uses, despite genuine and sustained attempts to let or sell it on reasonable terms, and furthermore, that it will not be viable to redevelop the site for any appropriate types of alternative employment use within the Plan period; or,
  3. The premises are replaced with similar facilities within the existing site or elsewhere in the Ashford urban area, providing at least the overall amount of developable B class employment floorspace that would be lost to redevelopment.

In the rural area: Within Tenterden and HOU4 listed villages:

Proposals for the loss or redevelopment of existing employment sites or premises in Tenterden or the villages listed in Policy HOU3 HOU4 will not be permitted, unless;

  1. they are replaced with the same-sized or larger sites or premises within or adjoining the same rural settlement, or at the nearest rural service centre, or
  2. It has been shown that the unit has remained unlet or for sale for a substantial period for all appropriate types of B class employment uses, despite genuine and sustained attempts to let or sell it on reasonable terms, and furthermore, that it will not be viable to redevelop the site for any appropriate types of alternative employment use within the Plan period.