The site is located on Pilgrims Way, Boughton Aluph to the south of Aluph House. It is an open area of grassed land occasionally used for grazing bordered by mature trees. There is a stable block on the northern edge. The site sits between a single track lane and the ancient Pilgrims Way footpath to Boughton Aluph Church within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
At the time of our site assessment, plans were at an early stage. The landowner had in mind a small development of c.3 large homes built in a style which is sympathetic to the local environment. Development to cover roughly two thirds of the field with the rear boundary of the development to be kept in line with the garden of the existing house. The final third of the field which backs onto the Pilgrims Way footpath was not proposed for development and there was to be screening to ensure that the new houses are not visible from the footpath. It is proposed that the entrance to the site will be shared or adjacent to the entrance to Aluph House.
The site is c. 0.6 – 1.4 ha.
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.
The Parish Council is not a planning authority. Our decision does preclude a planning application being made to Ashford Borough Council.
The property was sold in 2017.