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. You can also read copies of our site assessment reports and decisions taken by the Parish Council on land allocation in our Neighbourhood Plan.

Ashford Borough Council Local Plan 2030

Ashford Borough Council has written a 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 Local Plan must 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.

Ashford Borough Council held a public consultation on its draft Local Plan in summer 2016. As a result of the feedback received and an increase by central government in the overall housing requirement to reflect new national population projections, in July 2017 Ashford Borough Council published their “Main Changes” to the draft Local Plan 2030. These changes address a range of issues raised during public consultation, to ensure the Local Plan is up to date, reflects the latest evidence base and meets the requirements of the latest national planning policy. The overall requirement for housing in Ashford Borough has increased from c. 14,700 to c. 16,100, and the revised Local Plan shows how the Borough Council intend to meet this demand.

There were no new development sites in our parish in the revised Local Plan. There was however an increase in the number of dwellings to be built at Eureka Park which falls partly within our parish. This is one of Ashford Borough Council’s strategic sites. It is now proposed for an “indicative capacity of 375 dwellings” (an increase from 300) plus “20 hectares of commercial development”.

Consultation on the “Main Changes” closed on Thursday 31 August 2017. The final version was published at the end of the year when Ashford Borough Council submitted their Local Plan to the Secretary of State to be examined by an independent Planning Inspector. The examination commenced in April 2018.

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 Local Plan. The site, which falls partially within our parish, is earmarked as a strategic site for Ashford Borough. Plans include 375 new homes to be accessed from Trinity Road plus 20 hectares of commercial development.

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 have assessed these sites alongside the 5 put forward for the Local Plan.

Site assessments

We have assessed 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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4 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.

  • August 16, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Concerning development on land adjacent to Aluph house,Pilgrims way.
    I feel that this development would be wholly inappropriate due to the fact that this is by definition the `Pilgrims Way`,lots of walkers at all times of the year, no footpaths,no lighting,narrow lane,popular dog walking lane accessing the countryside,single vehicle access road,need i go on!
    From the proposed site there are a few blind bends to negotiate as well. No,i cannot see this as a viable proposition.

    • August 18, 2017 at 3:26 pm

      Thank you Susan for taking the time to post your thoughts. For some of the reasons you have stated, the Parish Council has rejected this site for land allocation in our emerging Neighbourhood Plan.


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