Main Changes to Local Plan 2030

Policy S62 - Woodchurch, Land at Appledore Road (MC105)

Policy S62 – Woodchurch, Appledore Road 

S62

This site is located to the south east of the settlement of Woodchurch, adjacent to Bridge Close, with frontage onto Appledore Road. This is one of the main roads into the village and is also an important route between the larger settlements of Tenterden and Hamstreet (B2067).

The site is an agricultural field, currently used for grazing. On the north eastern boundary of the site is an agricultural vehicle entrance onto the main highway, and a small copse. Within the copse there appears to be building debris and sheds in disrepair and the area appears not to be maintained. There is a mature hedgerow boundary around the perimeter of the site.

To the south is a large double gabled corrugated iron farm building and beyond this, open countryside and farmland. To the north west of the site is a relatively recent local needs housing development, Bridge Close, with a large 4 storey care home beyond it which also fronts Appledore Road. To the south west is a residential close, Brattle, which is accessed on the opposite side of a ‘loop’ in the highway network. Development of this site would complete the current built form within the ‘loop’ and therefore is a natural extension to the settlement form in this part of the village.

At over 1.7 hectares in size, development of this site will provide around 30 dwellings, including a mix and range of housing in accordance with policy HOU18. Development would be of low density (under 20dph), which reflects the location and adjacent countryside setting. Given the character and appearance of the surrounding areas, a scheme of 2 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. The design of proposals coming forward should reflect the 'guidelines' set out in the Woodchurch Village Design Statement.

Access must be provided from Bridge Close, as shown on the policies map. This has been identified as a specific requirement by the Local Highway Authority due to the unsuitability of the Appledore Road entrance visibility and proximity of nearby junctions. Pedestrian footways should be provided throughout and link with existing footways in Bridge Close.

Vehicle access and the pedestrian footway may require removal of the copse, but there is an opportunity to improve the appearance of this area, whilst retaining some of the trees. There is one mature tree on the road frontage which must be retained as it is an important feature at the entrance to the village. The hedgerows around the site boundary must also be retained and enhanced where possible, to provide screening to the development. This should include the planting of some mature trees around the southern and eastern boundaries.

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 S62 – Woodchurch, Appledore Road

The site in Appledore Road is proposed for residential development with an indicative capacity of 30 dwellings. Development proposals for this site shall:

a) Be designed and laid out in such a way to reflect the edge of countryside location and take account of the residential amenity of neighbouring occupiers. Particular attention needs to be given to the topography of the site and rising land. Dwellings should be no more than 2 storeys and design of proposals should reflect the guidelines set out in the Woodchurch Village Design Statement;

b) Provide primary vehicle access from Bridge Close, as shown on the policies map;

c) Provide new pedestrian footways throughout the development and connections to existing routes;

d) Retain the mature tree on the road frontage and the hedgerows around the site boundary and enhance where possible. This should include the planting of mature trees around the southern and eastern boundaries to create screening;

e) Provide a connection to the nearest point of adequate capacity in the sewerage network, in collaboration with the service provider.