Local Plan to 2030 - Main Modifications September 2018

Main Modifications to Ashford Local Plan

Policy S42 - St Michaels Beechwood Farm (MM42)

Insert vehicle access point arrow on the policies map as shown:

Amend supporting text and policy S42 as follows:

4.402 The site was submitted for low density ‘high quality’ detached dwellings and is considered suitable for such this ‘exclusive’ home purpose, for up to 3 dwellings only. This amount of development enables the retention of the mature trees and hedges, in particular the large Oak, and enhancement retention of the pond that lies beneath it as suitable aquatic habitat.

4.403 The design of the properties here must be sensitive to characteristics of the local area and design proposals must indicate how they will work with the immediate setting and its topography will be enhanced. The buildings must should be of innovative and high quality design and must not harm the immediate or wider setting. The properties should be situated away from the road frontage, in large plots, reflecting the built form of neighbouring properties to the south, and will share one access from Ashford Road as shown on the Policies Map.

Land at Beechwood Farm is allocated for ‘exclusive’ residential development of up to three dwellings.

Development proposals for this site must:

a) Meet exceptional a high quality or innovative nature of design, which criteria:

  • Responds to and is well integrated with the natural topography of the site; particularly the slope towards the west
  • Respects the particular landscape setting
  • Uses locally appropriate materials
  • be truly outstanding or innovative, helping to raise standards of design more generally in rural areas;
  • reflect the highest standards in architecture;
  • significantly enhance the immediate setting; and
  • be sensitive to the defining characteristics of the local area

b) Retain and, wherever possible, enhance the existing mature hedge and tree boundary around and within the site where possible to screen the development and reduce impacts on neighbouring properties;

c) Provide a singular vehicular access, as shown on the policies map;

d) Provide a connection to the sewerage system at the nearest point of adequate capacity, as advised by Southern Water, and ensure future access to the existing sewerage system for maintenance and upsizing purposes.