Site description

The site (marked in red on the map) is located adjacent to El Ashere along the southern side of Wye Road as you approach Kempe’s Corner. The northern edge of this rectangular site runs alongside Wye Road. To the north, west and south are open fields and views towards the Kent Downs AONB. This is a greenfield site within the Boughton Lees Horticultural Valley. The land is designated as a Landscape Character Area in Ashford Borough Council’s Supplementary Planning Document (April 2011).

The landowner, who lives adjacent to the site, proposed a small development of new homes. At the time of our assessment there were no details about the type of property. These new homes will extend beyond the existing houses (on the opposite side of the road) towards Boughton Lees.

The site is c. 0.9 ha.

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Site assessment & decision

The Parish Council was not minded to consider this site for land allocation in the Boughton Aluph and Eastwell Neighbourhood Plan. The landowner has been informed of the Parish Council’s decision.

Read our site assessment report.

Read our decision letter.

The Parish Council is not a planning authority. Our decision does preclude a planning application being made to Ashford Borough Council.

Recent developments

Planning application 17/00999/AS for this site was submitted to Ashford Borough Council on 29 June 2017. The application proposed a cul-de-sac of 6 dwellings, new access along with associated parking & ancillary buildings on land north west of El Ashere, Wye Road, Kempes Corner, Boughton Aluph. The application was subsequently amended to 3 detached dwellings fronting onto Wye Road. It was referred to Ashford Borough Council’s Planning Committee on 15 November 2017. The decision of the Planning Committee was to permit development.

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2 thoughts on “Wye Road, Kempe’s Corner

  • August 6, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    As a resident of Kempe’s Corner I am very concerned at more housing being built on the Wye Road. This road has become a rat run over the last few years and it is increasingly dangerous when pulling in or out of our driveways. The road is not clearly visible on the bend where new building is proposed and where there would be at least a dozen more cars plus delivery vehicles using the finished sight several times each day. There is ice in the road in the winter, hence the unusual road sign, and heavy rainwater can flow from the fields causing problems as far down as the crossroads. A road of this size can scarcely cope with the current rate of traffic.

    The type of housing proposed, detached 4-bedroom properties, is not what is required by the village. What is needed is retirement homes and first homes for young people.

    • August 7, 2017 at 12:00 pm

      Thank you Sue for taking the time to post your thoughts on the planning application (ref. 17/00999/AS) to develop a cul-de-sac of 6 new houses at Kempes Corner. The Parish Council has submitted an interim submission to Ashford Borough Council outlining its objections to the application (based on the site assessment of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group) and has been granted a short extension to prepare a substantive response. A copy will be posted on this page. We would encourage you to submit your own comment on the site on Ashford Borough Council’s website, http://planning.ashford.gov.uk/Planning/details.aspx?systemkey=106866&pageindex=0.


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