Main Modifications to Ashford Local Plan

Policy S24 - Tenterden Southern Extension Phase B (MM25)

Amend supporting text to read:

4.267 Phase B needs to be seen and planned as an evolution of the Phase A development, in line with an overall masterplan that creates a clear and coherent framework for this significant extension to the town and ensures that the whole development (Phase A and B) can be successfully linked to the town centre by high quality routes. Therefore T the Phase B land should not be occupied before the routes being planned as part of the Phase A development are suitably established so that they can provide connections for Phase B to utilise. as this would produce a separate settlement which would not strengthen the town centre and would leave a fragmented open area between the Phase B land and the existing town centre without clear purpose or structure. Furthermore, the Phase B land could not successfully be linked to the town centre by high quality routes through the Phase A development if these had not been provided and / or Phase A was still under construction.

Amend policy wording at opening paragraphs and criteria a) and f) to read:

Policy S24 - Tenterden Southern Extension Phase B

Land to the south of the TENT 1A development is proposed for residential development and the site (known as Phase B) is suitable for an additional indicative capacity of 225 dwellings. The Phase B site shall not be occupied until the TENT1A development has been completed. the high quality routes being planned as part of the Phase A development are suitably established so that they can provide connections for Phase B to utilise.

Development of this site shall be in accordance a masterplan / development brief that has been submitted to and approved by the Borough Council. The masterplan / development brief shall identify the timing of the planting of a substantial woodland (incorporating wetland) belt to the south of the built development area within this site which shall be at least 20m in depth and should provide connectivity between the two parts of the AONB into one integrated whole.  Appropriate species and habitat surveys should be carried out. Results will inform ecological mitigation and enhancement measures to be provided on the site and proposals for implementation, maintenance and monitoring in accordance with policy ENV1.

The masterplan / development brief is also required to and define the extent, location and phasing of community infrastructure and employment land to be delivered both on and off- site.

Acceptable forms of development on this site shall also achieve the following:

a) The retention and, where possible, enhancement of existing hedges and natural watercourses and ponds on the site

f) Be designed and laid out in such a way as to conserve and, where possible, enhance the protect the character and setting of the AONB;