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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