An overarching Vision for the Neighbourhood Plan has been developed though research and consultation with local residents.
The Vision leads to a set of Objectives from which a set of Planning Policies will, in turn, emerge.
The original draft Vision and Objectives were based on feedback from our community consultation in September 2015. The wording was refined in light of the response to the Neighbourhood Plan Survey held in 2016 and will be kept under review up to and including the official 6 week Pre-submission Consultation on the draft Neighbourhood Plan.
Let us know your views on the draft Vision and Objectives using the Comment box below or send us an email.
|Draft vision statement:
Our vision is for Boughton Aluph and Eastwell parish to retain its distinctive rural character at the urban edge of Ashford, surrounding the village of Boughton Lees and within the hamlets of Boughton Aluph and Kempes Corner by carefully integrating the expansion of Ashford (the Policy S20 Eureka allocation) into the local landscape and successfully interweaving high quality new development into the Goat Lees area of Ashford and the historic fabric of Boughton Lees. The parish will continue to be served by enhanced key local services and public open space.
1. To protect the character of the landscape and conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which provides the setting for houses at Goat Lees, the village of Boughton Lees and hamlets of Boughton Aluph and Kempes Corner.
2. To conserve and enhance the heritage of our parish, including the Boughton Lees Conservation Area.
3. To protect Local Green Spaces within the built up areas of the parish.
4. To protect distinctive, locally valued views.
5. To ensure high quality design in all forms of development which responds to the distinctive landscape, heritage and character of the parish.
6. To assimilate development of a scale which protects the character of the landscape and conserves and enhances the natural beauty of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty whilst ensuring sufficient infrastructure and local services to serve the needs of parish residents, including new provision in association with new development.
7. To ensure that future development at Eureka Park maintains the parkland setting and successfully integrates business and residential development.
8. To enable local people to stay in or return to the parish by ensuring a supply and mix of housing which meets local need, including smaller homes and affordable housing.
Leisure & Well-being
9. To promote well-being and healthy living.
10. To protect and enhance recreation open space and community halls.
11. To protect and, where possible, to grow the network of footpaths and cycle paths serving the parish.