Welcome to the Parish Council’s website for our Neighbourhood Plan.

We set up this website as a community resource for you to:

  • Find out about Neighbourhood Planning
  • Follow the development of your local Neighbourhood Plan
  • Share your views and take part in a public debate about the Neighbourhood Plan

Neighbourhood Plans give local communities a voice in future development in their area. We embarked on this project to provide a means for residents to shape and guide future development in Boughton Aluph and Eastwell parishes.  To develop a shared vision for our area to 2030.

We believe it is important that we, the residents, have a say in the design, quality and scale of new development in our community and how settlement boundaries, business growth and the provision of local amenities are managed and contained. It is not just about the future but preserving and protecting what we value from the past, both in the built landscape and the green spaces within our communities and between and around our settlements. We have so much to be proud of.

With your help, the Neighbourhood Plan is now ready to enter a six week public consultation held by Ashford Borough Council. We will update you with the full details as soon as they are available, but please have a look and comment. You may well have commented before, but we need you again.

We owe a debt of gratitude to the members of our Steering Group who volunteered their time and expertise to help create the draft Plan. Also, to everyone who has taken the time to come along to one of our community consultation events or fill in our survey. Without your input and support the  Plan could not have been written. We hope that we have reflected your views.

We are all busy people and, by definition, the Neighbourhood Plan is a detailed technical document intended to be used by planning officers so we are putting together a sumary of the Plan. (You can still read the Regulation 14 summary).

We urge you all to continue to give your support to this important initiative as we reach the final few stages. Together, we will shape the future of our community.

Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council

August 2020

Message of support from former Housing & Planning Minister, Brandon Lewis MP

“I am delighted that the Parish Council for Boughton Aluph and Eastwell is taking up the opportunity to create a Neighbourhood Plan and I encourage local people to participate.

“The Government has put power back into the hands of local people through neighbourhood plans, giving communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area.

“So far, over 1500 communities have taken advantage of neighbourhood planning and over 80 referendums have taken place, with nearly 9 out of 10 voters saying yes.”

September 2015

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