A Neighbourhood Plan can allocate a site or sites for development to meet an identified local housing need.

We are required to assess the potential sites for housing development in our parish. These sites have been put forward by the landowner in response to a “call for sites” for Ashford Borough Council’s Local Plan 2030 or our Neighbourhood Plan Survey. Click on the site name to find out more.

Ashford Borough Council Local Plan 2030

Ashford Borough Council is finalising its Local Plan for the Borough, up to 2030.  The Local Plan is an important document that makes site allocations for different development uses and sets out criteria-based policies to facilitate planning decisions. The new Local Plan will need to identify sufficient land to provide for any new jobs and homes to 2030, as well as for Gypsy & Traveller sites, Leisure, Retail, Visitor and Tourism facilities.

A draft Local Plan was put out for public consultation between 15 June and 10 August 2016. The draft Plan includes provision for 12,200 new homes across the Borough. The Council is now considering all of the comments received during the consultation period. All comments made will be available to view together with the Council’s responses. Following this, the Council will take a decision on whether to submit the Local Plan for an “Examination” by a Government appointed Inspector, or to make changes to the Plan and re-consult with stakeholders and the public.

Potential housing development sites in our parish

Ashford Borough Council is required to assess all of the potential sites in the Borough, to determine if they could be suitable for allocation for these future developments and facilities within their Local Plan. This called a Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA). Sites for assessment must come from a variety of sources, including vacant land, surplus public sector land, existing allocations, and through a ‘call for sites’ to all landowners in the Borough.

Between July 2013 and May 2014, Ashford Borough Council invited developers to submit details of any sites that were available for development for possible allocation in the Council’s Local Plan 2030. The sites put forward that fall within the boundary of our parish are listed below. For further information visit the Ashford Borough Council website.

Boughton Aluph and Eastwell sites:

Name, location Development Ref
Lenacre Hall Farm, Sandyhurst Lane 100+ dwellings, leisure and sheltered housing BAE1
Former Sandpit, Sandyhurst Lane 15 dwellings BAE2
Braehead, Sandyhurst Lane 5 dwellings BAE5
Land adjacent to Gardeners House, Faversham Road, Boughton Lees 4 dwellings * BAE3
Land at Rook Toll off Faversham Road 6 dwellings BAE4

* Site previously proposed for leisure/tourism use.

Sites that fall within Boughton Aluph and Eastwell and Bockhanger Wards:

Ashford Golf Club, Sandyhurst Lane 100+ dwellings and associated uses BBAE1
Land at Eureka Park, Goat Lees 300+ dwellings, commercial and flexible use BBAE2
Sites in Goat Lees, Sandyhurst Lane & Lenacre Street
Potential sites Goat Lees 3
Sites in Boughton Lees

Potential sites Boughton Lees













Sites included in the draft Local Plan published in June 2016

Of the 7 sites in our parish submitted by local landowners for inclusion in the Council’s Local Plan only the Eureka Park site [BBAE2] was included in the draft Plan. The site, which falls partially within our parish, is earmarked as a strategic site for Ashford Borough. Plans include 300 new homes to be accessed from Trinity Road.

Although the remaining 6 sites in our parish have not been proposed for development in the Council’s draft Local Plan, with the exception of site Ashford Golf Course [BBAE1] they have been included in a list of “housing sites remaining for land supply or for other uses”†. If located within a designated Neighbourhood Planning area, these sites must be assessed as part of the Neighbourhood Planning process. Once assessed a Neighbourhood Plan can allocate a site (or sites) for development to meet an identified local housing need.

Other development sites put forward in response to the Neighbourhood Plan Survey

As part of the Neighbourhood Plan Survey we issued our own “call for sites” to landowners with a site in the parish which might be available for development in the years up to 2030 and which they would like to be considered as part of the Neighbourhood Plan process. Two sites were put forward:

  • Land adjacent to El Ashere, Wye Road leading to Kempes Corner, Boughton Aluph
  • Land adjacent to Aluph House, Pilgrims Way, Boughton Aluph

We will assess these sites alongside the 5 put forward for the Local Plan.

Site assessments

We will assess each of the sites using Ashford Borough Council’s standard sustainability criteria plus supplementary “local criteria” developed from the results of the Neighbourhood Plan Survey. The local criteria are:

  • Would the development of the site impact the existing rural/urban boundary in the designated area?
  • Could development of the site respond effectively to the scale, character and quality of landscape/streetscapes and local settlement patterns?
  • Does the local road network have capacity to provide for the site?

We wrote to the 7 landowners or their agents in August 2016 to obtain permission for a site visit. We are grateful for their cooperation.

See a copy of the site assessment form. Our site assessments will be published as an annex to our Neighbourhood Plan.


Appendices 5 and 7 which relate to the Strategic Housing and Land Availability Assessment of the Local Plan 2030 Evidence Base.

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2 thoughts on “Potential sites

  • September 24, 2015 at 9:12 am

    I would like to make two points concerning Sandyhurst Lane.
    Back garden developments should not be allowed. This is very unpleasant for neighbours who will be adversely affected and increases density of housing.
    The golf course development should require a new access road, I do not believe Sandyhurst Lane may safely accommodate the significant increase in daily traffic.

    • September 24, 2015 at 1:32 pm

      Thank you Marc for taking the time to submit your views on development in Sandyhurst Lane. This is exactly the type of feedback we need from local residents to help us to develop a Neighbourhood Plan that will meet the needs and aspirations of our community. All comments will be taken into account when drawing up the Plan document.

      We’re holding a community consultation day on the Neighbourhood Plan at Sandyacres, Sandyhurst Lane on Sunday 27 September betweeen 11.00am and 4.00pm. We’re expecting a good turnout. Please do call in if you have a spare hour.


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