The site (marked in red on the map) is located adjacent to El Ashere along the southern side of Wye Road as you approach Kempe’s Corner. The northern edge of this rectangular site runs alongside Wye Road. To the north, west and south are open fields and views towards the Kent Downs AONB. This is a greenfield site within the Boughton Lees Horticultural Valley. The land is designated as a Landscape Character Area in Ashford Borough Council’s Supplementary Planning Document (April 2011).
The landowner, who lives adjacent to the site, proposed a small development of new homes. At the time of our assessment there were no details about the type of property. These new homes will extend beyond the existing houses (on the opposite side of the road) towards Boughton Lees.
The site is c. 0.9 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.
Planning application 17/00999/AS for this site was submitted to Ashford Borough Council on 29 June 2017. The application proposed a cul-de-sac of 6 dwellings, new access along with associated parking & ancillary buildings on land north west of El Ashere, Wye Road, Kempes Corner, Boughton Aluph. The application was subsequently amended to 3 detached dwellings fronting onto Wye Road. It was referred to Ashford Borough Council’s Planning Committee on 15 November 2017. The decision of the Planning Committee was to permit development.