Author Archive: Bob Shrubb

Chair of South Ashford Community Forum

Preferred option for stoke services

The NHS in Kent and Medway has today published the preferred option for three new specialist ‘hyper acute stroke units’ to be introduced across the county. This is part of an ongoing review of urgent stroke services led by local doctors and other clinicians. The aim is to reorganise services so that specialist stroke staff can more consistently deliver high quality care around the clock, and in so doing reduce deaths and long-term disability from stroke for local people.

The preferred option is to have hyper acute stroke units, alongside acute stroke units, at Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford, Maidstone Hospital and William Harvey Hospital in Ashford.

Currently stroke services do not consistently meet best-practice standards across the whole of Kent and Medway. The identification of a preferred option brings the NHS a step closer to improving stroke outcomes and reducing deaths and disability because of stroke. The preferred option was identified following careful consideration of the responses to a public consultation, all the evidence and data gathered during the four-year review, and further detailed evaluation of five shortlisted options including trust proposals for implementation.

The next stage in the review process is to develop a decision-making business case – a detailed document that will describe how the preferred option was selected and set out an implementation plan that will cover areas such as workforce, estates and capital requirement. A Joint Committee of the ten local NHS clinical commissioning groups that ran the consultation will examine this and then make a final decision on the future shape of urgent stroke services in January 2019.

Over the next few months the NHS will be gathering views and feedback on the proposed new approach to rehabilitation from stroke survivors, their families and carers, front-line staff, local councillors and the public to help inform detailed implementation plans. Look out for further information on the Kent and Medway NHS website www.kentandmedway.nhs.uk/stroke.

Transforming health and social care in Kent and Medway  17 September 2018
https://kentandmedway.nhs.uk/latest-news/identification-of-preferred-option-is-a-step-closer-to-improving-stroke-outcomes-in-kent-and-medway/

EIA Screening request submitted for Green Corridor site

Boundary of development siteA request has been submitted to Ashford Borough Council for their opinion on whether an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is required for development of land between the East Stour River, Romney Marsh Road and Norman Road. An EIA Screening request is not a planning application but is usually a precursor to a planning application.

The screening request indicates up to 300 apartments in blocks of up to 10 storeys.

The site was considered for inclusion in the Council’s emerging Local Plan for ‘Mixed Use/Tourist/Leisure’. Although the site was not included in the Local Plan as submitted for examination, the Sustainability Appraisal did not exclude development on the site. The appraisal did not consider residential development.

The 2.7 Ha site is categorised as Flood Zone 3a and is part of Ashford’s Green Corridor.

Ashford Borough Council
Local Plan to 2030
Policy ENV2 – The Ashford Green Corridor

The protection and enhancement of Ashford’s Green Corridor is a key objective. Development proposals within the identified Corridor designation (and proposed extensions) will be permitted, providing that it is compatible with, or ancillary to, their principal open space use or other existing uses within them, and it can be demonstrated that the proposal would not harm the overall environment, biodiversity, visual amenity, movement networks or functioning of the Green Corridor.

Other forms of development proposals, including those relating to an existing use within the Green Corridor will not be permitted, unless it would be in accordance with a site specific policy in this Local Plan; or where it relates to a) the redevelopment of a suitable brownfield site or b) delivers overriding benefits, and in either scenario, that it can be demonstrated that there would be no significant harm to the overall environment, biodiversity, visual amenity, movement networks or functioning of the
Green Corridor.

Development proposals on land adjoining the Green Corridor shall provide suitable access and links to the existing networks of the adjoining Green Corridor wherever possible; and make a positive contribution to the Green Corridor in respect of its environment, biodiversity, visual amenity, movement networks or functioning and its
setting.

Development proposals must take into consideration the appraisals, projects and management recommendations set out for the specific areas in the Ashford Green Corridor Action Plan, including the identified proposed extension areas to the designation.

ABC Planning Case Reference 18/00005/EIA/AS
https://planning.ashford.gov.uk/Planning/details.aspx?systemkey=110630

Land at junction of Romney Marsh Road and north of, Norman Road, Ashford

EIA Screening opinion for a proposed development of up to 300 dwellings.

18/00005/EIA/AS

This is an application asking the Ashford Borough Council (ABC) whether or not any future planning application needs to include an Environmental Impact Assessment when/if it is submitted or the scope of any future assessment. It is not a planning application and ABC will not be considering the planning merits of the proposal.

The decision of the council is limited by the requirements of the EIA Regulations. The Community Forum and local residents are not consulted on EIA applications but will be if a planning application is made in the future.

More information is available on our EIA page on the ABC web site.

Road Closure — Beaver Road — 19th September 2018

It will be necessary to close Beaver Road, Ashford from 19″” September 2018 for up to 1 day.

The road will be closed between the junctions of South Stour Avenue and Lower Denmark Road.

There is no alternative route. Every effort will be made to maintain access for residents whenever it is safe to do so.

This is to enable to Remove damaged bus gate bollard and replace with new bollard to be carried out by Telent.

Stay safe in your home

It’s Gas Safety Week! Find out how to stay safe in your home with these top tips:

  • Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix and service your appliances. You can find and check an engineer at GasSafeRegister.co.uk (check out our graphic below) or call 0800 408 5500.
  • Check both sides of your engineer’s Gas Safe Register ID card. Make sure they are qualified for the work you need doing. You can find this information on the back of the card.
  • Have all your gas appliances regularly serviced and safety checked every year. If you rent your home ask for a copy of the landlord’s current Gas Safety Record.
  • Know the six signs of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness. Unsafe gas appliances can put you at risk of CO poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions.
  • Check gas appliances for warning signs that they are not working properly e.g. lazy yellow flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks or stains on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room.
  • Fit an audible carbon monoxide alarm. This will alert you if there is carbon monoxide in your home.

147 Beaver Road, TN23 7SG

Part discharge of condition 7

18/00693/CONA/AS

Start of Consultation: 14 Sep 2018, End of Consultation: 8 Oct 2018

Original Application

18/00693/AS  Single storey rear extension  17 May 2018

Conditions

  1. No development shall take place until the applicant, or their agents or successors in title, has secured the implementation of a watching brief to be undertaken by an archaeologist approved by the Local Planning Authority so that the excavation is observed and items of interest and finds are recorded. The watching brief shall be in accordance with a written programme and specification which has previously been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority.

Former Pledges Mill and South Kent College Site and Land south of junction of Beaver Road and, Victoria Road

Discharge of condition 89 Part Discharge 36 Part A, 64 Part A Part Discharge 33 & 61 Brick Type

17/01759/CONE/AS

Start of Consultation: 12 Sep 2018

Original Application

Case Ref Description Posted on
17/01759/AS Proposed minor material amendments to planning permission 16/01157/AS involving design changes to Phase A2 (X3 commercial uses (Use Classes A1/A2/B1) &; Phase A3 (216 residential units) with associated parking, substations, landscaping and access works relating to land south of Victoria Road ONLY with no design changes to the approved development of land north of Victoria Road for the purposes of a brewery with shop, bar and restaurant (use classes B2/A1/A3/A4).Full planning application for development of a brewery, with shop, bar and restaurant (Use Classes B2/A1/A3/A4), three commercial units (Use Classes A1/A2/B1) and 216 residential units with associated parking, substations, landscaping and access works. 12 Dec 2017
16/01157/AS Full planning application for development of a brewery, with shop, bar and restaurant (Use Classes B2/A1/A3/A4), three commercial units (Use Classes A1/A2/B1) and 216 residential units with associated parking, substations, landscaping and access works. 10 Aug 2016

Conditions

LAND FORMING PHASE A2 TO SOUTH OF VICTORIA ROAD
(RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL – C3/B1/A1/A2/A3)
Materials
  1. Prior to installation, written details including source/ manufacturer, and samples of bricks, tiles and cladding materials (including jointing of panels) to be used externally shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority and the development of land forming Phase A2 shall be carried out using the approved external materials. The details shall be supplied as appropriate on a materials board.
Fine details
  1. Prior to installation, unless specified to the contrary, the details set out below shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority and, thereafter, development shall only be carried out in accordance with the approved details unless agreed otherwise by the Local Planning Authority in writing. Where relevant, the following details should be provided on drawings at an appropriate scale of 1:50 (where detail needs to be considered contextually related to a façade) and at 1:20 in other cases:-
    1. full details of glazing and external doors, including all external joinery and framing methods and external colour (1:20),
    2. 1:20 horizontal and vertical cross sections through typical sections of each of the facades sufficient to show the relationship between the façade and those elements of detail to be embedded within the façade as well projecting from it (such as the extent of recessing of glazing and doors in openings created in the façade, the consequential treatment of window reveals, the details of cills and the extent of projecting elements from the façade),
    3. 1:100 elevation detailing the locations of all expansion joints in facades,
    4. details of any plant or machinery proposed on the roof and associated screens,
    5. details of any satellite dishes or antenna,
    6. details of rainwater goods, eaves, fascia and entrance canopies (including materials and finish, details of any supporting posts and related brick plinths and roofing materials),
    7. details of vents, louvres, extractor vents, external pipes, meters etc.
    8. details of screens and windbreaks,
    9. 1:50 scale details of the parapet capping,
    10. details of external entrance steps, handrails and balustrades.
LAND FORMING PHASE A3 TO SOUTH OF VICTORIA ROAD (RESIDENTIAL BUILDING)
Materials
  1. Prior to installation, written details including source/ manufacturer, and samples of bricks, tiles, feature panels and cladding materials (including jointing of panels) to be used externally shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority and the development of land forming Phase A3 shall be carried out using the approved external materials. The details shall be supplied as appropriate on a materials board.
Fine details
  1. Prior to usage in the building on the land forming Phase A3 above ground level, the details set out below shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority and, thereafter, development shall only be carried out in accordance with the approved details unless agreed otherwise by the Local Planning Authority in writing. Where relevant, the following details should be provided on drawings at an appropriate scale of 1:50 (where detail needs to be considered contextually related to a façade) and at 1:20 in other cases:-
    1. full details of glazing and external doors, including all external joinery and framing methods and external colour (1:20),
    2. 1:20 horizontal and vertical cross sections through typical sections of each of the facades sufficient to show the relationship between the façade and those elements of detail to be embedded within the façade as well projecting from it (such as the extent of recessing of glazing and doors in openings created in the façade, the consequential treatment of window reveals, the details of cills and the extent of projecting elements from the façade),
    3. 1:100 elevation detailing the locations of all expansion joints in facades,
    4. details of any plant or machinery proposed on the roof and associated screens,
    5. details of any satellite dishes or antenna,
    6. details of rainwater goods, eaves, fascia and entrance canopies (including materials and finish, details of any supporting posts and related brick plinths and roofing materials),
    7. details of vents, louvres, extractor vents, external pipes, meters etc.
    8. details of screens and windbreaks,
    9. 1:50 scale details of the parapet capping,
    10. details of external entrance steps, handrails and balustrades.
Adaptation of ground floor units to meet wheelchair user requirements
  1. Prior to the laying of foundations to the building approved to be constructed on the land forming Phase A3, a plan to show the location of five apartments available for adaptation to meet wheelchair user requirements shall be submitted to, and approved by, the Local Planning Authority in writing and thereafter the development shall only proceed in accordance with such details unless the Local Planning Authority has agreed to any variation in writing.