Local Plan to 2030 - Main Modifications September 2018

Main Modifications to Ashford Local Plan

Policy TRA7 – The road network and development (MM81)

Amend supporting text and policy as follows:

5.276 The roads within the Borough can be classified as follows:

  • Primary routes: These roads form the primary network for the Borough as a whole. All long distance vehicle movements between the main settlements in the Borough and beyond the Borough should be targeted towards these routes as they have the most capacity and have been designed to accommodate proportionately more traffic movements than other routes.
  • Secondary routes: These roads distribute traffic within residential and commercial areas of the Borough's settlements and include many rural roads which link some of the smaller settlements to the primary network. Much of the borough is made up of these routes which greatly contribute to its attractive and rural character.
  • Local distributors: These roads distribute traffic within neighbourhoods. The form the link between secondary distributors and access roads.
  • Access roads: These road give direct access to buildings and land within neighbourhood.

Roads are not only important as an engineered product of the highways system, but can have important multiple functions in the remit of landscape character (see Policy ENV3a), rural character (see Policy ENV5) and cultural heritage (see Policy ENV13). Routeways have for centuries provided connections for non-motorised forms of traffic, and the identity of many of Ashford Borough’s rural areas and communities have been shaped by these routes.

Many of these former ‘sunken tracks’ or ‘drovers routes’ now form important functions in the highways network that was never envisaged previously, and care is needed to attend to the multifunctional personality of these routes is not sacrificed either through degradation through overuse and congestion, or insensitive upgrading, but with an imperative to maintain and wherever possible to enhance the safety of all road users.

5.277 Within the context of the NPPF and its desire to deliver sustainable development, most of the traffic generated by development should be targeted towards the primary and secondary route network in the borough. Other routes should not be subject to inappropriate levels of traffic generation or unsuitable traffic movements.

Policy TRA7 - The Road Network and Development

Developments that would generate significant traffic movements must be well related to the primary and secondary road network and this should have adequate capacity to accommodate the development. New accesses and intensified use of existing accesses onto the primary or secondary road network will not be permitted if a clear risk of road traffic accidents or significant traffic delays would be likely to result.

In rural areas, Pproposals which would generate levels and types of traffic movements, including heavy goods vehicle traffic, beyond that which local the rural roads could reasonably accommodate in terms of capacity and road safety will not be permitted.

Applicants must demonstrate that traffic movements to and from the development can be accommodated, resolved, or mitigated to avoid severe cumulative residual impacts. In some cases, this may require exploring the delivery of mitigation measures prior to the occupation of a development. Consideration of mitigation and impact will be assessed through the fulfilment of the requirements of Policy TRA8.