Local Plan to 2030 - Main Modifications September 2018

Main Modifications to Ashford Local Plan

Policy S7 - Former Klondyke Works (MM12)

Delete paragraph 4.90 and amend paragraphs 4.91, 4.92, 4.95 and 4.95.1 as follows:

4.90 There is a strong opportunity to take advantage of the many visitors to the Designer Outlet Centre and the proximity of the domestic and international railway station to attract people to this area to enjoy the railway heritage and help to make a mix of potential uses viable.

4.91 Planning permission has been granted for the Ashford International Model Railway Centre and associated parking on the site, however the development is now unlikely to come forward on this site, and a planning application has been received for residential development on the site. which will be a significant visitor attraction for the Borough. If circumstances in the future were to change then an appropriate alternative use could be for a suitable residential development on the site. The site is considered a suitable location for residential development.

4.92 In terms of the possible residential development of the site, tThe location of the site makes it suitable for a relatively high density development. A building scale of 3-4 storeys is appropriate but both the scale and positioning of buildings at the southern end of the site will need to respect the domestic nature of the surrounding houses and converted school. This form of development would provide in the region of 90 dwellings on the site.

4.95 Before full development of the site can take place, off-site highway improvement are needed to provide additional capacity at the A2070 Orbital Park junction and a clear commitment given to the delivery timetable for of the new junction 10a on the M20. The threshold set for the quantity of development that can be occupied on the site as a whole before these improvements are committed is based on the historic “fall back” position from previous uses on the Newtown and Klondyke sites. The relatively close proximity to the stations and town centre and the bus service through the area provide the opportunity to reduce the car based trip rate arising from the development of the area.

4.95.1 While it is expected that the delivery of improvements to the strategic road network will greatly enhance the ability of sites to come forward at pace, there will still be a need to ensure that traffic movements are sustainably managed. Therefore, where traffic generation to and from the site is expected to exceed that of the previous lawful uses, a Transport Statement/Transport Assessment should be provided in accordance with Policy TRA8. Where justified through such an Assessment, additional development may be occupied beyond the levels associated with the ‘fallback’ position from the previous uses on the site in advance of the improvements to the Orbital Park junction being completed

Amend first and final paragraphs of Policy S7, and delete criteria b) as follows:

The site of the former Klondyke Works is proposed for residential development with an indicative capacity of 90 dwellings a tourism/visitor attraction such as the Ashford International Model Railway Centre. A suitable alternative use would be for residential development.

b) be based on a parking strategy that provides adequate public and on-street parking to best meet the needs of residents and visitors;

Unless justified through an agreed Transport Assessment, Oonly development that would generate no more traffic than would have been generated by the equivalent of the previous lawful uses of the site, shall be built and occupied in advance of the granting of a Development Consent order for the construction of the proposed M20 junction 10a and until additional capacity has been provided at the Orbital Park / A2070 junction.