Main Modifications to Ashford Local Plan

Policy S55 - Charing, Land adjacent to Poppyfields (MM52)

Amend supporting text as follows:

4.491 The approach into the village of Charing along the A20 from the west is an important entrance to the village and the development of the site presents the opportunity to establish a clear edge on this western boundary. with suitable boundary treatment of planting and landscaping adjoining lower density development on this western edge. An appropriate tree belt, supported by suitable boundary treatment, along the western edge to the development should be created. This should also extend along the northern boundary of the site, to the rear of the Swan Hotel. In addition, there is an existing tree and hedge boundary between this site and Poppyfields and this should be retained and enhanced as part of this development. the current mature hedgerows that run through the centre of the site and the tree boundaries between the site and the Poppyfields development should be retained and wherever possible enhanced.

4.492 Development on this site shall be directly access from the A20 and this access should incorporate a right-turn lane off the A20, as requested by the Highway Authority. There are a number of options to achieve direct access the site directly from the onto the A20 along the northern edge of the site which could be provided, including in co-ordination with the access to the adjoining S28 site allocation. A suitable emergency access either onto the A20 or to Poppyfields is also required.

4.492a) To improve the accessibility of the site and its connections to the village, a new footpath along the southern side of the A20 to connect with existing footpath connections at the A20/A252 roundabout junction is required. In addition, the There is no vehicular access into the adjacent Poppyfields development but there is the opportunity to create pedestrian and cycle access into Poppyfields should be explored as part of any proposal so that the this development that can link into the wider network connecting with the village and the other footpaths in the area.

Amend policy criteria b through to h.

b) Create an appropriate soft landscaped tree belt along the northern and western edge to the development and along the northern boundary to the rear of the Swan Hotel; to establish a clear western edge to the development with substantial boundary planting;

c) Retain and wherever possible enhance the current mature hedgerows that run through the centre of the site and tree boundaries between the site and the Poppyfields development;

d) Be accessed directly from the A20 including the provision of a right-turn lane,

e) Provide a new footpath along the southern side of the A20 to connect with existing footpath connections at the A20/A252 roundabout junction,

f) Provide a suitable emergency access either onto the A20 or to Poppyfields,

g) e) Explore the opportunities to deliver Provide a new pedestrian and cycle routes throughout the development to connect with the adjoining Poppyfields development and to existing adjacent PRoW;

h) f) Provide an appropriate contribution towards the provision, management and maintenance of related community facilities and infrastructure;

i) g) Provide a connection to the nearest point of adequate capacity in the sewerage network, in collaboration with the service provider; and

j) h) Provide future access to the existing sewerage infrastructure for maintenance and upsizing purposes.