Local Plan to 2030 - Main Modifications September 2018

Main Modifications to Ashford Local Plan

Policy COM1 – Meeting community’s needs (MM95)

Amend paragraph 5.424 as follows:

5.424 5.424 Broadly, this approach will continue, with the Council consulting the local education authority to determine where an education contribution should be sought. The Council will seek contributions through S106, where it would accord with the CIL regulations and national guidance. In most circumstances the Borough Council will only seek contributions from the larger schemes, in light of the S106 pooling restrictions. CIL receipts are may also likely to be required in the future. 

Insert additional paragraph following 5.428:

The Council’s current approach is to require developer contributions through S106 on behalf of the local health authority for new or improved healthcare facilities, and this will continue. In order to meet the needs for new healthcare facilities resulting from development set out in this Plan, the Council will seek contributions through S106 where it would accord with the CIL regulations and national guidance. CIL receipts may also be required in the future. 

Amend Policy COM1 as follows:

Infrastructure and facilities required to meet the needs generated by new development, including sports, arts, community (including youth) and voluntary sector space, education and health provision, open space and play areas shall be provided as the community is established. 

Infrastructure or facilities designed to meet localised needs should normally be provided on-site. Other needs will be delivered in liaison with the relevant stakeholders and service providers to ensure that the provision is supplied in a way that meets their requirements and supports sustainability.

Development monies will be secured via S106 where provision relates to a localised need or as identified through the site allocations in this Local Plan. Otherwise, CIL receipts will be used to deliver strategic provision. Provision shall be secured through S106 and/or CIL as set out in policies IMP1 and IMP2, and have regard to any relevant supplementary planning documents.

Where the need for developments to contribute to, or provide, particular infrastructure or facilities is dependent on their size, floorspace, traffic generation or any other attribute or impact exceeding a specified threshold and any site is brought forward  as two or more separate schemes of which one or more falls below the relevant threshold, the Council will seek from each scheme a proportionate contribution of the level of provision so as to match in total the requirement that would apply if the site came forward as a whole. If a site comes forward as two or more separate schemes, of which one or more falls below any appropriate threshold, the Council will seek an appropriate level of contribution on each part to match in total the provision that would have been required on the site as a whole.

In the Borough as a whole, the loss of existing community infrastructure will be resisted unless sufficient evidence has been submitted to demonstrate that they are no longer required or are obsolete and that suitable replacement provision is being provided or is located nearby.