Local Plan to 2030 - Main Modifications September 2018

Main Modifications to Ashford Local Plan

Policy S26 - Appledore, The Street (MM27)

Factual updates - Amend Paragraphs 4.279 and 4.281

4.279 To the north of the site is a row of 2-storey housing along the road frontage, with Magpie Farm and its associated outbuildings to the North West, a site currently being developed as a residential scheme (2018)….

4.281 The southern area of the site lies within the Appledore Conservation Area (CA) and the whole site is within an Area of Archaeological Importance (Viking Encampment)….

Amend 4.284 as follows:

4.284 Opportunities to incorporate and enhance biodiversity, informed from the results of the appropriate species and habitats surveys will be encouraged in accordance with ENV1. In particular, development should take opportunities to help connect and improve the wider ecological networks in this area and to mitigate against any potential increase in recreational pressure that may arise from the development of this site. There is an opportunity along the western edge, within the area of flood zone 2 and 3, to work with the Parish Council to enhance the biodiversity and ecology of the area utilising the existing ponds, and potentially create an informal nature reserve. A pedestrian access point should therefore be retained at the rear of the village hall to access this part of the site.

Amend policy as follows:

The site in The Street, Appledore is proposed for residential development for an indicative capacity of up to 20 dwellings with potential to provide an extension to the village hall and its car park. Development proposals for this site shall:

a)    Be designed and laid out in such a way as to preserve and preserve or enhance the character and setting of the Conservation Area. Particular attention needs to be given to the visibility of new development from the road;

e)    Undertake biodiversity surveys and  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. explore Particular regard should be given to the potential of providing an informal nature reserve along the western edge of the site, utilising the existing ponds and allowing ecological connections to the wider countryside; and