The site (BAE1) is located along the northern edge of Sandyhurst Lane as it climbs to join the A251. Currently a working farm, the site is mainly grassed agricultural land used for grazing with an area of ancient woodland. There are mature hedgerows and tree boundaries within the site and along the roadside. A spring, 3 ponds and associated drains can be found within the site. On its eastern edge the site abuts the rear gardens of houses in Lenacre Street. To the west the site borders the playing fields of Sandyhurst Lane Sports Club, and to the north, open countryside.
The landowners have selected a developer who has won awards for edge of village and town developments. Plans are still fluid but will likely comprise c.100 new homes of varying size covering c.70% of the site. These will be positioned round a central green space/wildlife corridor. The initial plans propose two points of entry to the site, one close to Lenacre Street and a second close to the entrance to Sandyacres.
The site is c. 10.8 ha.
The developer made a submission to Ashford Borough Council on behalf of the landowner in response to the public consultation on the draft Local Plan 2030 held in summer 2016. Read it here.
Site Assessment & Decision
The Parish Council is not minded to consider this site for land allocation in the Boughton Aluph and Eastwell Neighbourhood Plan. The landowner has been informed of our decision.
The Parish Council is not a planning authority. Our decision does preclude a planning application being made to Ashford Borough Council.
An application was made to Ashford Borough Council for an Environmental Impact Assessment Screening Opinion (ref. 17/00005/EIA/AS) on 6 July 2017. Although not a formal consultee on the application, the Parish Council submitted the following response.
Ashford Borough Council’s decision on 27 July 2017 was that an Environmental Impact Assessment is not required.
Planning application 17/01613/AS for this site was submitted to Ashford Borough Council by Millwood Designer Homes Ltd on 23 October 2017. This is a hybrid application for 89 new residential dwellings comprising:
- a full planning application for 21 new dwellings, access, drainage and landscaping to the south of the site with new road access next to the entrance to Sandyacres; and
- an outline planning application with all matters reserved except for access for the development of up to 68 new dwellings with associated access, landscaping, open space and community orchard on land to the north and west of the site (behind Sandyhurst Lane and Lenacre Street) with new road access to the rear of gardens on Lenacre Street.
Ashford Borough Council is inviting comments on the application via their website. Search for application number 7/01613/AS. A decision is expected in January 2018.
Residents provided their views on the development of this site in the Neighbourhood Plan Survey. If you wish to make any further comments, please add a comment below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.