Local Plan to 2030 - Main Modifications September 2018

Main Modifications to Ashford Local Plan

Policy S44 - Watery Lane, Westwell (MM43)

Amend supporting text, policy wording and map as follows:



4.409 This site is currently located on a parcel of land on the outskirts of the village of Westwell. The site directly adjoins the sidings of is close to the M20 motorway to the north and is located within a wider adjacent to an agricultural field to the south, which itself is bounded by the railway line. The buildings of Sunnybridge Farm are located to the southwest, some 80 metres from the site entrance.

4.410 4.410 Area A of the larger site is currently utilised as a single Gypsy and Traveller pitch, which is resided on by a specific named family on a temporary permission basis.

4.411 4.411 Area B of the site is currently an agricultural field, which has the ability to accommodate an additional 4 pitches

4.412   4.412 Although both sites are currently separate, proposals that unify the sites into one single site of 5 pitches would be seen as a suitable approach, although keeping them independent in their own right would also be considered acceptable. In both instances the design and layout should facilitate proper management and access, in addition to providing a layout conducive to community and individual well being. Utilising the guidance set out in the licencing document ‘Model Standards 2008 for Caravan Sites in England- Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960’ should be used when designing the layout of the site, as this is currently the most up-to-date standards available on pitch design. However, any design for the scheme should utilise the most up-to-date guidance available at the time.

4.413 The overall site is located within an area designated as AONB. The primary purpose of AONB designation is to conserve and enhance the natural beauty. Despite this designation the provision of a one pitch Gypsy and Traveller site in this location is considered tolerable, as this pitch is set at a lower level than the M20 motorway and is not visible from the wider area. as the area has been significantly altered by the provision of the M20 Motorway. In addition, the site is relatively low lying, and not visible from the motorway or wider landscape views. although visible from the Motorway itself, can be easily screened and remodelled through landscaping and planting. Therefore, any proposals for development of this site should provide a landscaping scheme to mitigate against any potential impacts on the AONB, which would need to be agreed by the Council.

4.414 4.414 Due to the location of the site within direct proximity of the M20 motorway, the site would need to provide some form of acoustic protection on its northern boundary, to ensure the well being of the residents that will reside there. Whether this could be provided via planting or other acoustic measures would need to be explored in further detail at the planning applications stage. The possibility of providing this acoustic protection in connection with the landscaping scheme would be seen as an acceptable approach.

4.415 4.415 Finally, tTo ensure that the site can be provide for the benefit of the wider gypsy and traveller community any personal permissions regarding parts of the site should be removed at planning applications stage and the site shall only be occupied by those persons who meet the most current definition of Gypsies and Travellers. 

Policy S44 - Westwell - Watery Lane

Planning permission will be granted for 1 pitch a maximum of 5 pitches at Watery Lane, Westwell, if the following criteria are met:

a)    Noise mitigation measures are provided and maintained. on the northern boundary of the site;

b)    Suitable landscaping is provided for the site to minimise its visual impact on the landscape;

c)    The design of the site utilises the most up-to-date guidance on pitch design and layout.