Local Plan to 2030 Regulation 19 - Publication June 2016

Comment ID ALP/2502
Document Section Local Plan to 2030 - Publication Draft STRATEGIC POLICIES Strategic Development Requirements Employment delivery View all on this section
Respondent Mersham and Sevington Parish C… View all by this respondent
Response Date 17 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
Do you consider the Document is Legally Compliant? Yes
Comment

In recent years the communities of Mersham and Sevington have been impacted by developments including the M20 to the north and the high speed link through their heart. Most recently the approval for development to the land on the U19 site to incorporate massive distribution warehouses clearly starts to choke the Parish from the North.

Mersham and Sevington continue to evolve with the Parish council and local community supporting balanced growth of the village as evidenced by the local needs housing being developed to the South East of the village of Mersham and the residential and village facilities proposed site adjacent to the current village hall.

We envisage this healthy growth continuing with balanced domestic developments on appropriate sites e.g. low lying areas.

We believe, however, it is critical that the Borough plan recognises the need, properly to protect the surrounding villages, and the rural nature of their setting. We believe further detailed work is urgently required to help define what is so special in the area, in order to provide specific protection to the villages affected by the proposed growth of the Borough.

The sheer scale of the buildings already proposed for U19 will inevitably lead to the loss of some of the character of the historic village of Mersham, as well as the near destruction of the setting of the community at Sevington.

The land to the east of Highfield Lane, including WE15, lies within Mersham and Sevington Parish and forms the major part of the countryside buffer between Mersham village and Ashford town. As a historic Kent country village it is imperative that the rural nature of the Parishes are protected.

This land to the east of Highfield Lane is therefore the key residual countryside buffer for Mersham before you hit the massive warehouse development of U19.

As such we would request that the WE15 site is recognised in the 2030 plan as fundamental to maintaining the character, individuality, and setting of the village of Mersham.

What changes do you suggest to make the document legally compliant or sound? As such we would request that the WE15 site is recognised in the 2030 plan as fundamental to maintaining the character, individuality, and setting of the village of Mersham.
Do you consider it necessary to participate at the oral part of the examination? No
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