Main Changes to Local Plan 2030

Policy HOU6 - Self and Custom Built Development (MC52)

Page 178 Policy HOU6

Response to reps 735, 2204, 2484, 2692

Changes to Policy HOU6 – Self and Custom Built Development as follows:

Policy HOU6 - Self and Custom Built Development

The Council will support self and custom build development by requiring all sites within and on the edge of the towns of Ashford and Tenterden urban area sites delivering more than 40 dwellings to supply no less than 5% of dwelling plots for sale to self or custom builders.

In the villages and rural areas sites delivering more than 20 dwellings must supply no less than 5% of dwelling plots for sale to self or custom builder.

The following criteria must be met:

  1. Where this equates to more than 5 custom build dwellings on a single site a Design Brief should be submitted and agreed with the Council prior to the application being submitted;
  2. Where plots have been marketed and not sold for at least a 12 month period the plot(s) may either remain on the open market as custom build unless the plot is being offered in lieu of affordable housing in which case it will be offered to the Council or a Housing Association. Where plots have been marketed for sale to self or custom builders for at least 12 months (to the satisfaction of the Council), and have not sold, the plot can return to the developer to be developed and/or sold as open market housing.
  3. Development proposals must be of high quality design and demonstrate a positive response to sustainable development.