Local Plan to 2030 Regulation 19 - Publication June 2016

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Kent Downs AONB Unit (Katie Miller) 08 Aug 2016

Local Plan to 2030 - Publication Draft TOPIC POLICIES SECTION A - HOUSING Affordable Housing Content

  • Comment ID: ALP/1275
  • Status: Accepted
We would wish to see a lower threshold for the requirement of affordable housing on sites in the Kent Downs AONB of 5 units or more. Affordable housing to sustain local AONB communities is needed and should be secured in rural areas and in particular on developments within AONBs where average house prices are high and access to affordable homes is restricted. Lloyds TSB (in 2012) has found that two thirds of AONBs have higher house prices that the regional average. There is already a crisis in r
Kent Downs AONB Unit (Katie Miller) 08 Aug 2016

Local Plan to 2030 - Publication Draft STRATEGIC POLICIES Strategic Development Requirements Housing delivery

  • Comment ID: ALP/1245
  • Status: Accepted
Para 3.55 - Suggest that this paragraph includes reference to new development being accommodated without seriously undermining the wider environmental objectives of the Plan, providing appropriate mitigation is incorporated. 3.67 – Welcome acknowledgement of the national importance of AONBs and the intention that development that would have a significant adverse effect on the setting of the AONB will be resisted in this paragraph. We would like to see the protection of the setting of the AONB s
Kent Downs AONB Unit (Katie Miller) 08 Aug 2016

Local Plan to 2030 - Publication Draft SITE POLICIES Introduction

  • Comment ID: ALP/1250
  • Status: Accepted
4.2 – Consider it crucial for policy SP6 – Promoting High Quality Design to be included in the list of policies that will be relevant to the site specific policies, in order to ensure a high quality of design in accordance with paras 17 (core principles) and 56 to 58 of the NPPF.
Kent Downs AONB Unit (Katie Miller) 08 Aug 2016

Local Plan to 2030 - Publication Draft TOPIC POLICIES SECTION B - EMPLOYMENT AND THE LOCAL ECONOMY Conversion of rural buildings to non-residential uses Content

  • Comment ID: ALP/1291
  • Status: Accepted
As currently worded, this proposal does not offer adequate protection to AONBs from inappropriate development; the legislative and national policy requirement for development within AONBs is for proposals to conserve landscape and scenic beauty as set out in the 2000 Countryside and Rights of Way Act and para 115 of the NPPF. The policy as worded is for a lesser general requirement for proposals to not result in any significant adverse impact on the surrounding landscape. Furthermore, para 113 o
Kent Downs AONB Unit (Katie Miller) 08 Aug 2016

Local Plan to 2030 - Publication Draft TOPIC POLICIES SECTION A - HOUSING Housing Development Outside Settlements Content

  • Comment ID: ALP/1282
  • Status: Accepted
HOU5 – Residential windfall development in the countryside Non-isolated residential development The first part of HOU5 is not considered to comply with para 55 of the NPPF which clearly identifies that in rural areas, new isolated housing should be avoided; defining non-isolated development as less than 3 dwellings/a brownfield site or being within walking distance of a local facility would not make a development either non-isolated or sustainable and therefore is not considered to comply with
Kent Downs AONB Unit (Katie Miller) 08 Aug 2016

Local Plan to 2030 - Publication Draft TOPIC POLICIES SECTION D - THE NATURAL AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT Biodiversity and Landscape Dark Skies Content

  • Comment ID: ALP/1303
  • Status: Accepted
The AONB Unit is concerned about the potential impact of lighting on the Kent Downs AONB; policy SD7 of the Kent Downs Management Plan seeks to retain and improve tranquility in the AONB, including the experience of dark skies at night and advises that careful design and use of new technologies should be used. Para 125 of the NPPF also advises that planning policies should limit the impact of light pollution on intrinsically dark landscapes. In order to ensure that new lighting would not impact
Kent Downs AONB Unit (Katie Miller) 08 Aug 2016

Local Plan to 2030 - Publication Draft STRATEGIC POLICIES Strategic Development Requirements Employment delivery

  • Comment ID: ALP/1248
  • Status: Accepted
3.116 – Support Ashford's approach to employment expansion in the rural area which promotes appropriate small scale expansion of existing rural employment sites.
Kent Downs AONB Unit (Katie Miller) 08 Aug 2016

Local Plan to 2030 - Publication Draft TOPIC POLICIES SECTION D - THE NATURAL AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT Biodiversity and Landscape Biodiversity Content

  • Comment ID: ALP/1296
  • Status: Accepted
5.300 – Welcome reference to Green Infrastructure which is notably absent in much of the rest of the Plan, however consider that the defined Green Infrastructure Network in the Borough should be expanded to include the whole network of multi-functional green space in the Borough (which would include the Kent Downs AONB), as advised in the PPG (para 027 Ref ID 8-07-2160211).
Kent Downs AONB Unit (Katie Miller) 08 Aug 2016

Local Plan to 2030 - Publication Draft TOPIC POLICIES SECTION D - THE NATURAL AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT Biodiversity and Landscape Protecting Important Rural Features Content

  • Comment ID: ALP/1304
  • Status: Accepted
It is considered that there may be other important features in addition to those named in the policy that are worthy of protection and it is suggested that the policy is amended to refer to these.
Kent Downs AONB Unit (Katie Miller) 08 Aug 2016

Local Plan to 2030 - Publication Draft SITE POLICIES Ashford Urban Area Land North-East of Willesborough Road, Kennington Content

  • Comment ID: ALP/1252
  • Status: Accepted
Policy S2 – Land NE Willesborough Rd This site is highly visible from the Kent Downs AONB; in particular in views from the North Downs scarp between Wye Crown and Brabourne. The scale of the development proposed and extensive views over the site from a large section of the AONB means that development here could impact on the setting of the AONB. It is considered imperative that this is acknowledged and addressed in both Policy S2 and the supporting text in order to comply with para 115 of the N
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