Local Plan to 2030 Regulation 19 - Publication June 2016

Comment ID ALP/2192
Document Section Local Plan to 2030 - Publication Draft STRATEGIC POLICIES Vision and Strategic Objectives Content View all on this section
Respondent Barton Willmore on behalf of H… View all by this respondent
Response Date 12 Aug 2016
Do you consider this part of the document is Sound? No
On which grounds do you consider the document unsound? (if applicable)
  • Not Justified
  • Not Effective
  • Not Consistent with national policy
Do you consider the Document is Legally Compliant? Yes


2.1. We consider the Vision for the plan positively addresses the different roles of settlements by

highlighting the focus at Ashford supported by development at Tenterden and other key rural

settlements including Hamstreet. This appropriately acknowledges the relative sustainability of

different locations for growth and this provides a helpful spatial focus to the vision. The spatial

strategy chosen is supported by the findings of the Sustainability Appraisal (SA) 1.

2.2. Other options considered in the SA had a greater reliance on greenfield sites through either a

dispersed distribution pattern of Alternative 4.3 or the large scale free-standing urban area of

Alternative 4.4. These were shown to have significant negative effects in relation to the impact

on the character and quality of the landscape and designated landscape of the Area of

Outstanding Beauty as Chilham, Rolvenden, Challock, Westwell, Wittersham and Wye are set

within an AONB as is the area to the north of Charing. Whereas the chosen strategy was

shown to have a minor negative effect on this objective.

2.3. Policy SP1 sets out a number of strategic objectives to support the delivery of the Vision for

the Borough. However, the strategic objectives will not apply to all sites all of the time. For

example, not all sites will or can provide employment and as the plan itself acknowledges, not

all sites will be brownfield. It is important that the plan is supportive of suitable brownfield

opportunities that may arise over the plan period but this is not the only type of development

proposed or anticipated in the plan.



What changes do you suggest to make the document legally compliant or sound? See attached representation
Do you consider it necessary to participate at the oral part of the examination? Yes
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.