Local Plan to 2030 Regulation 19 - Publication June 2016

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Friends Life, AXA Real Estate… 10 Aug 2016

Local Plan to 2030 - Publication Draft STRATEGIC POLICIES Vision and Strategic Objectives Content

  • Comment ID: ALP/1815
  • Status: Accepted
We support the Strategic Objectives of the Local Plan outlined in Policy SP1. In particular we support the objective to provide a range of employment opportunities to respond to the needs of business, support the growing population and attract inward investment. It should be made clear that significant weight in the planning process should be given to development proposals that are consistent with these objectives.
Friends Life, AXA Real Estate… 10 Aug 2016

Local Plan to 2030 - Publication Draft TOPIC POLICIES SECTION B - EMPLOYMENT AND THE LOCAL ECONOMY Retail, Leisure and Tourism Sequential Assessment and Impact Test Content

  • Comment ID: ALP/1718
  • Status: Accepted
We note draft Policy EMP9 which requires Sequential Assessments and Impact Tests on development outside of the town centres. We believe this has been prepared in accordance with national policy and guidance and is therefore acceptable. Indeed both were addressed within the Phase 2 application. We note that the draft policy provides a set of criteria to support the assessment of retail development outside of the town centre which is welcomed. We also support guidance that supports early enga
Friends Life, AXA Real Estate… 10 Aug 2016

Local Plan to 2030 - Publication Draft TOPIC POLICIES SECTION A - HOUSING Residential Windfall Development Content

  • Comment ID: ALP/1747
  • Status: Accepted
Draft Local Plan Policy HOU3 has regard to windfall residential development which will be acceptable "within the built up confines of Ashford providing that it can be integrated into the existing urban area" and it can successfully meets a number of criteria relating to design, layout and amenity. We do not have an issue with those criteria, although, as noted above, there is a level of uncertainty over the definition of the land to which this policy relates. For example, this site is curre
Friends Life, AXA Real Estate… 10 Aug 2016

Local Plan to 2030 - Publication Draft STRATEGIC POLICIES Delivering a Sustainable Town Centre Content

  • Comment ID: ALP/1705
  • Status: Accepted
Retail Provision We support the focus for new retail and leisure development within Ashford Town Centre. We also note that together with Elwick Place the Phase 2 permission at the DOC provides for the comparison retail needs up to at least 2025 in Ashford Town Centre. In the light of this the Plan does not look to allocate additional sites for further retail growth and that there are sites within the Ashford Town Centre Policy Area defied by Policy SP5 that provide opportunities for development
Friends Life, AXA Real Estate… 10 Aug 2016

Local Plan to 2030 - Publication Draft STRATEGIC POLICIES Vision and Strategic Objectives Content

  • Comment ID: ALP/1732
  • Status: Accepted
We support the Strategic Objectives of the Local Plan outlined in Policy SP1. In particular we support the objective to develop in accessible and sustainable locations, ensuring development is supported by community facilities and the protection and enhancement of built heritage. However, we believe that more emphasis should be given to developments which enrich local communities and meet community needs.
Friends Life, AXA Real Estate… 10 Aug 2016

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

  • Comment ID: ALP/1817
  • Status: Accepted
Policy SP3 outlines that 66 hectares of new employment land will be delivered and 11,100 new jobs will be achieved in the borough between 2014 and 2030, including through the maximisation of town centre opportunities and promoting rural employment opportunities. We agree with paragraph 3.84 which identifies the critical investment in transport infrastructure as they key driver for employment growth within the borough and contributing to Ashford being the number one place for business location w
Friends Life, AXA Real Estate… 10 Aug 2016

Local Plan to 2030 - Publication Draft SITE POLICIES Introduction

  • Comment ID: ALP/1742
  • Status: Accepted
Section 4 of the draft Local Plan sets out a range of criteria that development on specific sites must adhere to, essentially forming a site allocation. It is noted that Court Lodge Farm is not included within this section and does not currently form a site allocation. We note that there are a number of other sites of a similar size that have been allocated for residential development many of which would deliver not wider public benefit beyond new residential units. A call for sites was fir
Friends Life, AXA Real Estate… 10 Aug 2016

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

  • Comment ID: ALP/1700
  • Status: Accepted
Section 3 – Strategic Policies Economic Development We support the Strategic Objectives of the Local Plan outlined in Policy SP1. In particular we support the objective to provide a range of employment opportunities to respond to the needs of business, support the growing population and attract inward investment. It should be made clear that significant weight in the planning process should be given to development proposals that are consistent with these objectives. We welcome the recognit
Friends Life, AXA Real Estate… 10 Aug 2016

Local Plan to 2030 - Publication Draft TOPIC POLICIES SECTION B - EMPLOYMENT AND THE LOCAL ECONOMY Retail, Leisure and Tourism Tourism Content

  • Comment ID: ALP/1723
  • Status: Accepted
We also support draft Policy EMP11 which promotes the sustainable growth of tourism through the provision of new facilities and the retention of existing facilities. We consider the Ashford DOC to be a major tourist facility which attracts millions of visitors every year. The planned Phase 2 expansion of the centre will compliment other planned investments including the proposed International Model Railway Centre to the east of the site will drive the growth of tourism in the south of Ashfor
Friends Life, AXA Real Estate… 10 Aug 2016

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

  • Comment ID: ALP/1737
  • Status: Accepted
Policy SP2 outlines that 12,200 dwellings will be delivered in the Borough between 2016 and 2030 through committed schemes, proposed allocations and windfall developments. This is based on a residual requirement, taking into account housing completions in the borough between April 2011 and March 2016, and equates to 871 units per annum. However, we note that the adopted Core Strategy planned for 16,700 homes over a 15 year period equating to an annual requirement of 1,113 homes. This curren
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