Main Changes to Local Plan 2030

Policy S46 - Chart Road (MC89)

Policy S46 - Chart Road (A28), Ashford

Key: New vehicular access               Pedestrian/Cycle access

This site is part of the former Ashford Hospital site in Kings Avenue, which was identified as a potential redevelopment opportunity in the Urban Sites and Infrastructure DPD adopted in 2012, and has been mostly redeveloped for residential use. This remaining part of the site, which adjoins Chart Road (A28) was initially retained as a potential site for a healthcare facility, however, it has now been determined that this use is not to be pursued, and therefore this area is now available for residential development. The site currently lies vacant with hoardings around its perimeter.

The site is located close to the town centre within a largely residential area, and at 0.8ha is therefore considered suitable for around 25 dwellings. The primary vehicular access should be from Chart Road, as shown on the policies map, and a connection to the footpath on Chart road with a formal pedestrian crossing facility across Chart Road is required. Pedestrian and cycle access should also be provided through to the new development of Kings Avenue, at the point shown on the policies map.

Given the character and appearance of the surrounding areas, a scheme of 2 - 3 storey buildings would be most appropriate here. The design and layout must take account of the residential amenity of neighbouring occupiers. Particular attention needs to be given to the topography of the site which slopes up from Chart Road towards the old hospital buildings and any potential impact on residents on the northern side of Chart Road. The site lies in close proximity to the Ashford-Maidstone railway line and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. The potential noise impact of both will need to be taken into account in any detailed design and layout.

On the north-west corner of the site, there is a row of garages and an informal parking area which serve 20-33 Chart Road. The previous policy identified that this area could be redeveloped as part of the site and replacement parking facilities for those properties provided within the redevelopment. This is optional and should be considered in consultation with the homeowners.

Due to the close proximity of the new open space and play area in King’s Avenue, there will be no requirement to provide open space provision on site, but contributions to the maintenance of that facility will be sought.

Development of this site presents an opportunity to incorporate a sustainable drainage system that would contribute to managing surface water for the benefit of flood risk, water quality, biodiversity and amenity. This site has a sensitive groundwater setting and significant area of brownfield land. Contamination assessments will need to be carried out and drainage schemes will need to be sympathetic to the results to ensure no future risk to groundwater.

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.

Policy S46 - Chart Road

The site in Chart Road is proposed for residential development with an indicative capacity of 25 dwellings. Development proposals for this site shall:

  1. provide vehicular access from Chart Road;
  2. provide an extension to the existing footways and create a formal pedestrian crossing facility across Chart Road;
  3. provide a pedestrian/cycle access through to Kings Avenue;
  4. have a design/layout appropriate for the site's location adjacent to residential areas and addresses the possible noise impact from the railway and Channel Tunnel Rail Link;
  5. provide replacement parking facilities for the residents of 23-33 Chart Road, if redevelopment is to include the current area which they are located; and,
  6. Provide a connection to the nearest point of adequate capacity in the sewerage network, in collaboration with the service provider.