Local Plan to 2030 Regulation 19 - Publication June 2016

Comment ID ALP/1700
Document Section Local Plan to 2030 - Publication Draft STRATEGIC POLICIES Strategic Development Requirements Employment delivery View all on this section
Respondent Friends Life, AXA Real Estate… View all by this respondent
Agent Montagu Evans LLP (James Huish)
Response Date 10 Aug 2016
Do you consider this part of the document is Sound? Yes
On which grounds do you consider the document unsound? (if applicable)
Do you consider the Document is Legally Compliant? Yes

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 recognition (at paragraph 3.117) that retail and leisure development plays an important role in

the economy of the borough. However, we believe that the well-established DOC that falls outside of the defined

town centre is also important in supporting the local economy and is complimentary to the town centre’s viability

and vitality. This should be made clear.

Policy SP3 outlines that 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

consider that ‘edge of centre’ sites, such as the Ashford DOC, are major employers and contributors to Ashford

as evidenced by the recent planning permission for Phase 2 which will deliver an additional 537 new jobs in

addition to the circa 900 jobs the existing DOC supports. After implementation of Phase 3 the DOC will support

over 2000 FTE jobs across a broad spectrum of positions.


What changes do you suggest to make the document legally compliant or sound?
Do you consider it necessary to participate at the oral part of the examination? No
Does your representation relate to an omission site (a site that has not been included). For example a site for Housing, Employment, Travellers, or Local Green Spaces. No
Please supply details of the omission site.