Local Plan to 2030 - Main Modifications September 2018

Main Modifications to Ashford Local Plan

Policy S28 - Charing Northdown Service Station (MM29)

Amend 4.298 as follows:

4.298 Given the character and appearance of the surrounding countryside area and proximity to the AONB to the north, larger properties in generous plots should be generally located in the most sensitive locations on the rural edge, and well-considered additional structural planting will be required. Consideration must be given to the Charing Parish Design Statement when designing the style and layout of development.

Amend Policy S28 as follows:

Land at Northdown Service Station is proposed for residential development for an indicative capacity of up to 20 dwellings. Development proposals for this site shall:

a) Be designed and laid out in such a way as to protect the character and setting of the Kent Downs AONB and surrounding countryside. Particular attention needs to be given to the topography of the site, impact upon the adjoining AONB and advice in the Charing Parish Design Statement. The development should comprise a mix of dwelling types with a maximum of two storeys in height;

b) Provide vehicle access onto the A20 Maidstone Road, as shown on the policies map;

c) Retain the existing employment uses on the frontage where possible;

d) Retain and, where possible, enhance the hedge and tree boundaries around and within the site, particularly where there is adjoining countryside, and provide additional structural planting along the western boundary;

e) Ensure that any land contamination issues are satisfactorily investigated and resolved or mitigated.