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

As part of the Neighbourhood Plan process, we were required to assess the potential sites for housing development in our parish. These were the sites put forward by landowners in response to a “call for sites” for Ashford Borough Council’s Local Plan 2030 which were not included in the Local Plan but featured on the Council’s list of “housing sites remaining for land supply or for other uses”.  We also held our own “call for sites” as part of the Neighbourhood Plan Survey.

Read more about the “call for sites” and Ashford Borough Council’s Local Plan.

Potential sites

7 potential development sites were put forward. Residents were asked to give their view on the sites in the Neighbourhood Plan survey. The results can be viewed in the survey report.

Click on the site name below 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.

Criteria for site assessments

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

  • 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.

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4 thoughts on “Potential sites for development

  • 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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