Local Plan to 2030 - Main Modifications September 2018

Main Modifications to Ashford Local Plan

Policy HOU3a - Residential windfall Development within Settlements (MM60)

Amend Paragraphs 5.44 to 5.45 as follows:

5.44 In addition to Ashford, across the borough there are a number of rural settlements which play a service centre role in that they contain a number of services such as a primary school; a GP service; a community venue (such as a pub or a village hall); shops which are able to meet a range of daily needs and a commuter-friendly bus or train service. These locations are considered suitable for infilling and edge of settlement growth which is of an appropriate scale in relationship to the settlement size and availability of services and are included in both HOU3a and HOU5 below.

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There are also a number of rural settlements which are smaller and play a more 'secondary' role, yet they still have a limited number of community facilities and services. These settlements often rely on the services of the nearby primary settlements or the town of Ashford and are therefore relatively 'accessible' in a rural context. Within these settlements, appropriate smaller scale development is acceptable in principle although this should also take account of the cumulative effects of any allocated sites and any other developments with extant planning permission in the area. Due to the more limited access to services and settlement patterns, some of these smaller settlements are not considered suitable for edge of settlement growth and are only included in policy HOU3a as suitable locations for growth within the built up confines.

5.45 The Borough’s remaining rural settlements not mentioned in policy HOU3a or HOU5 below are not considered to play a service centre or secondary role on account of their small size and their lack of services and facilities (or proximity to these services/facilities). The built form of the settlement is also an important factor when determining whether they are suitable for growth as many are smaller hamlets or linear settlements and do not have opportunity for infilling within their settlement pattern. Residents of these settlements are typically reliant on the private car to meet all of their everyday needs. These settlements are considered to be countryside for the purposes of determining planning applications.

Amend Settlements listed in Policy HOU3a as follows:

Residential development and infilling of a scale that can be satisfactorily integrated into the existing settlement will be acceptable within the built up confines of the following settlements:

Ashford, Aldington, Appledore, Appledore Heath, Bethersden, Biddenden, Bilsington, Boughton Lees/Eastwell, Brabourne Lees/Smeeth, Brook, Challock, Charing, Charing Heath, Chilham, Crundale, Egerton, Egerton Forstal, Godmersham, Great Chart, Hamstreet, Hastingleigh, High Halden, Hothfield, Kenardington, Kingsnorth*, Little Chart, Mersham, Molash, Newenden, Old Wives Lees, Pluckley, Pluckley Thorne, Pluckley Station, Rolvenden, Rolvenden Layne, Ruckinge, Sevington, Shadoxhurst, Shottenden, Smarden, Stone in Oxney, Tenterden (including St Michaels), Warehorne, Westwell, Wittersham, Woodchurch and Wye.

* Existing Kingsnorth village

Amend criterion h) of Policy HOU3a as follows:

h) It would not displace an active use such as an employment, leisure or community facility, unless meeting the requirements of other policies in this Plan.

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Policy HOU10 will also be applied to relevant garden land applications.