Main Modifications to Ashford Local Plan

Policy S33 - High Halden - Land at Hope House (MM34)

Amend paragraphs 4.332, 4.335 and 4.336 as follows:

4.332 The part of the site considered appropriate for development is approximately 1.7 hectares, which is the land between Rowans and Lynton in the east including the land immediately to the rear of Hope House, Monarch House and Bourne Farm. The area in which the ponds are located on the road frontage has not been taken into account for built development due to the ecological mitigation required on-site and must be enhanced to create a wildlife area. This should be informed by appropriate species and habitat surveys and be in accordance with the requirements of ENV1. The site is therefore considered suitable for up to 35 units, which is equivalent to around 20 dwellings per hectare.

4.335 In view of the limited visibility splays currently available, The development will be dependent upon the provision of 2.4 x 43m. acceptable visibility splays being provided in conjunction with the extension of the 30mph limit to cover the site access, to be agreed with the local highway authority.

4.336 Due to the site's proximity to a Grade ll listed farmhouse (Hope House), high quality design must be achieved within the new development. For example, development proposals should include details of the design of outdoor lighting and street furniture, signage, and landscaping. The built footprint of development on this site needs to be carefully planned. It Development should avoid retain and enhance the existing areas of hedges and trees that provide both natural screening and habitat whilst also including a soft green buffer along part of the western and southern boundaries to help mitigate the impact on the adjacent residential occupiers and on the character and setting of the adjoining countryside.

Amend Policy wording at a), b) c) and new f) as follows:

a) 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 ENV1. Particular regard should be given to enhanceing the north western area of open space associated with the existing pond/s and mitigate against impacts from development on the biodiversity. provideing a wildlife corridor from this area to the adjoining countryside by retaining existing trees and hedging within the site, where possible;

b) Be designed and laid out in such a way as to protect the character and setting of the village and the residential amenity of neighbouring dwellings, particularly to preserve or and enhance the setting of the listed building, Hope House; attention needs to be given to the topography of the site and dwellings should be orientated to enable overlooking and natural surveillance of the wildlife/pond area;

c) Provide primary vehicle access onto the A28 Ashford Road, as shown on the policies map and include the provision of traffic calming measures to slow the traffic to 30mph or less an extended 30mph speed limit and a new gateway feature, in accordance with the recommendation of Kent County Council Highways and Transportation.

f) Provide contributions towards the enhancement or maintenance of public open space and equipped play at the village recreation ground in accordance with Policy COM2.