The site (shown on the map as BAE4) is located along A251 Faversham Road to the south east of Boughton Lees, close to the entrance to Eastwell Manor and abuts the Boughton Lees Conservation Area. It is set within an area of woodland which currently contains five very large Nissen-style buildings and hard standing which were used for military vehicle storage during WWII and more recently have been used for agricultural storage, commercial storage and as a recycling /composting centre. All are now vacant. The area to the south is dense woodland – the Rectory Plantation. There are residential dwellings on the opposite side of the road. Eastwell Park lies directly behind the site to the north and west. The site is located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Still at an early stage, the agent acting for the landowner is developing plans for c.6 large homes on the site. Planned works may involve repositioning a section of the Eastwell Wall further back from the road to improve access to the site.
The total area c.3.2 ha.
The landowner made a submission to Ashford Borough Council 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.
In April 2018, an application (18/00596/AS) the landowner made an application to Ashford Borough Council for a Change of Use of land at Rook Toll from Light Industrial Use (Class B1)(c)) to Dwellinghouses (Class C3). A decision is expected in June. Full details can be viewed on the Council’s website. Search for “Rook Toll” or by application number.
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 email@example.com.