Main Changes to Local Plan 2030

Policy S53 - Brook, Nats Lane (MC96)

Policy S53 – Brook, Nat’s Lane

S53

The site is located within the village of Brook, at the corner of Nat’s Lane and The Street and is currently in use as agricultural land. It abuts the open countryside to the north and east, and to the south west of the site is a row of detached dwellings set within generous gardens. To the North West is agricultural land, and running along the north eastern boundary is land owned by South East Water which contains a pumping station adjacent to the nearby brook. Beyond this watercourse is the Wye and Crundale Downs Saxon Shore SSSI. The Street, edged by mature hedgerow, forms the south eastern boundary of the site. The site gently slops from west to east.

The site is located within the North Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has views of the surrounding countryside. Therefore any development on this site must respect the landscape setting and at around 1.2 hectares in size the site can accommodate up to 10 dwellings at a low density of around 8 dwellings per hectare, which is considered suitable in this context. Development proposals should also seek to retain and enhance existing mature hedgerows to the north east of the site, as well mitigate any impact it might have on the landscape setting through the use of edge of site screening and landscaping within the site.

A very narrow strip of the north western edge of the site falls within Flood Zone 3 and it is therefore unlikely that development in this part of the site would be acceptable but a full flood risk assessment will need to be carried out in consultation with the Environment Agency.

Access to the site should be from The Street, as shown on the policies map, and any proposal should consider the need for suitable visibility from the site entrance along the highway. This site would particularly benefit from improved pedestrian provision on this side of The Street.

Adjacent to the west of the site is a detached listed building. Particular care should be taken to preserve the setting of the adjacent listed building and to respect the openness of this edge of village site. The scale and density of any development on this site must reflect its surroundings.

The Wye and Crundale Downs SAC is located immediately to the north of the village of Brook. All applications for the development of this site should therefore include an Environmental Impact Assessment study demonstrating how the proposals will effect upon the integrity of the biodiversity of this designated environment and the Wye and Crundale Downs SSSI which adjoins the site. Development that will have an adverse effect on the integrity of these designated sites will not be permitted. Opportunities to incorporate and enhance biodiversity will be encouraged. In particular, development should take opportunities to help connect and improve the wider ecological networks in this area and to mitigate against any potential increase in recreational pressure that may arise from the development of this site.

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 S53 – Brook, Nat’s Lane

Land at Nat’s Lane is allocated for up to 10 dwellings. Development proposals on this site should:

  1. Be designed and laid out in such a way as to preserve the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Any proposal should pay particular attention to landscaping of the edges of the site as well as internally;
  2. Limit dwellings to two storeys in height in order to protect character of the surrounding area;
  3. Be designed and laid out in such a way as to preserve the setting of surrounding heritage assets, and to reflect the character of the broader built environment;
  4. Provide primary vehicle access from The Street and provision of improved pedestrian links;
  5. Be accompanied by a full flood risk assessment that has been prepared in consultation with the Environment Agency;
  6. Provide an Environmental Impact Assessment Study to address any potential adverse impacts of the proposals on the biodiversity of the Wye and Crundale SAC and SSSI and how they can be avoided or mitigated;
  7. Provide a connection to the nearest point of adequate capacity in the sewerage network, in collaboration with the service provider.