Author Archive: Bob Shrubb

Chair of South Ashford Community Forum

Will tree protection stop St. Stephens Walk plans?

Visual from proposal

A tree protection order confirmed during Ashford Borough Council’s Planning Committee yesterday evening (14th November 2018) may prevent a plans for accommodation for profoundly disabled adults being permitted.

The tree protection order, ABC case reference 18/TPO/0008, protects 15 trees on the site boundaries of Land East of Lantern House, many of which are shown as being removed in documents accompanying a planning application for 16 apartments for disabled residents and 6 for staff (ABC Case reference 18/00608/AS). The tree protection order was made in July but was put before the Planning Committee for confirmation.

South Ashford Community Forum included a comment in their representation on the proposal expressing concern regarding the limited amount of open/garden space within the development.

KMFRA Survey and Council Tax consultation

Safety and wellbeing plan update 2018

Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority

Chairman’s introduction

Chairman KMFRAThis year we wanted to take the opportunity to give local people an update on the work we do and the range of services we provide. Please take a few minutes to read the information below, or look at the infographic on this page (use the Zoom link to see a much larger version) and fill this short survey and consultation* about next year’s Council Tax.

As customers and taxpayers, we always aim to provide you with value for money and the best service we can. Though thankfully I know that many of you have never needed to call on us in a crisis, I hope you are reassured that we will always be there when you need us.

Like everyone in the public sector, finances are tight, but we have managed to make significant savings of around £26m since 2010, much of which has been re-invested in our frontline service. We also work closely with police, ambulance, Kent County Council, Medway Council and others to share expertise and resources and deliver efficient services to keep the public safe.

The Home Office inspection team will be here in the New Year and we expect to hear the outcome of that in 2019. If you want to read more about our work and plans please have a look at our Customer and corporate plan and you can also sign up to email alerts about incidents in your area or to get safety advice.

Nick Chard
Chairman – Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority (more…)

Former Powergen site, Victoria Road

Discharge condition 61


Original Application


Proposed variation of Condition 08 of planning permission 15/01671/AS to replace the following approved plans:-

  • Site Plan Proposed Illustrative Masterplan 14.046.S01.B
  • Plots 3, 4 &; 5 Block Plan 14.046.101 F
  • Parameter Plan Proposed Critical Distances 14.046.104 F
  • Parameter Plan Proposed Range of Building Heights 14.046.105 F
  • Parameter Plan Proposed Building Levels &; Plot Extents 14.046.106 G
  • Parameter Plan Proposed Access, Routes and Communal Landscaped Areas 14.046.107 G

Posted on 19 January 2017


Hybrid application for five plots comprising:

  1. Full and detailed application for plots 1 and 2 comprising: erection of 400 dwellings, a retail kiosk/cafe unit (Use class A1/A3) and associated parking, public surface car park, plant and storage; together with landscaping and access works.
  2. Outline application with appearance and landscaping reserved with parameters for plots 3, 4 and 5 comprising:  demolition of existing buildings/structures and erection of up to 260 dwellings, associated parking, plant and storage together with landscaping and access works.

Posted on 16 January 2016


  1. No development shall commence within Plots 2,3, 4 and 5 shall commence above ground level until details of the proposed substations relevant to those plots have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority in writing. The details shallinclude as a minimum precise location, appearance, enclosures, servicing and landscaping necessary to screen/ameliorate the substations in the street scene. Thereafter the substations shall be implemented in full accordance with the entirety of the approved details and maintained in perpetuity.

Former South Kent College Site, Jemmett Road

Discharge of conditions 21 (Landscape management), 26 (Disposal of foul water), 30 (External details), 32 (Water Calculations), 41 (Street Signage), 44 (Residential Sustainable Travel Pack)


Start of Consultation: 22 Oct 2018, End of Consultation: 15 Nov 2018

Original Application


Demolition of existing buildings and construction of up to 241 dwellings and associated access and landscaping

posted on 10 December 2016.


  1. A landscape management plan, including long term design and bio-diversity objectives, management responsibilities and maintenance schedules for all landscaped areas, other than small, privately owned, domestic gardens, shall be submitted to and approved by the Local Planning Authority prior to the occupation of the development or any phase of the development, whichever is the sooner, for its permitted use. The landscape management plan shall be carried out as approved.
  1. None of the dwellings shall be occupied until works for the disposal of sewage have been provided to serve the development hereby permitted, in accordance with details to be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority (in consultation with Southern Water Services) at the same time as the details required pursuant to Condition 1 and such approved works shall be appropriately retained and maintained in perpetuity.
  1. Each of the following is required to be submitted to and approved by the Local Planning Authority in writing prior to their usage in any building:
    1. the location and colour of rain water and soil pipes;
    2. the location, size and colour of external vents, grilles and flues in walls or the roof;
    3. 1:20 scale elevations and sections sufficient to identify the specific form and location of all external electricity and gas meter boxes and associated pipework, together with their relationship to proposed adjacent ground levels whether hard or soft landscaped;
    4. 1:20 scale front and side elevations of any projecting, or Juliet style, balconies;
    5. 1:20 scale front and side elevations of any bay or oriel style windows;
    6. 1:20 scale front and side elevations of any flat or pitched roofed door canopies (including materials and finish, details of any supporting posts and related brick plinths and roofing materials);
    7. details sufficient to show proposed flashings at the intersections of roof planes between individual buildings combined to give continuous frontage to the street;
    8. 1:20 scale front and side elevations of proposed any flat-roof and pitched-roof dormer windows.
    9. 1:20 details of all proposed eaves and verge treatments, including the use of over fascia venting (or any methods obviating the need for such) and the development shall be constructed in accordance with the approved details.
  1. Each dwelling shall be constructed and fitted out so that the potential consumption of wholesome water by persons occupying the dwelling will not exceed 110 litres per person per day as measured in accordance with a methodology approved by the Secretary of State.No dwelling shall be occupied unless the notice for that dwelling of the potential consumption of wholesome water per person per day required by the Building Regulations 2010 (as amended) has been given to the Local Planning Authority.
  1. Notwithstanding the provisions of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Oder 2015 (as amended) or any other Order or any subsequent Order revoking or re-enacting that Order, no street name signage shall be installed within any public highway land unless otherwise agreed to in writing by the Local Planning Authority. No dwelling may be occupied until a scheme for the provision of all street name signs has been agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority (in consultation with Kent Highway Services) and street name signs have been provided in accordance with the approved scheme. The scheme shall comprise the following:-
    1. Details of the location of all street name signs for the streets servicing the detailed development hereby approved.
    2. Details of the precise positioning of any street name signs to be attached to the elevations of buildings through submission of a 1:100 scale drawing
    3. copies of the easements in relation to the Plots concerned to allow installation and periodic maintenance by the local authority.
  1. 44 No dwelling shall be occupied until details of a residents’ sustainable travel information welcome pack has been submitted to and approved by the Local Planning Authority in writing. The residents’ sustainable travel information welcome pack shall comprise the following:-
    1. details (including coloured maps) of existing on and off-carriageway cycle routes in the neighbourhood linking important destinations, together with links to Ashford Town Centre and Ashford International Station
    2. details (Including coloured maps) of the stretch of ‘learning link’ to be provided to accommodate shared pedestrian and cycle use
    3. full details (including coloured maps, service number, timetables) of the existing bus services in the vicinity of the site helping link it with other important destinations including Ashford Town Centre and Ashford International Station.

Halstow Way development application

View from open space

Ashford Borough Council (ABC) has submitted a planning application for the construction of 17 affordable rented apartments on the Noakes Meadow public open space.

The application follows a consultation that we reported in February

The proposals have changed in that the number and mix of properties has changed

  • from 14 x 1 bedroom and 7 x 2 bedroom, totalling 21
  • to 6 x 1 bedroom, 7 x 2 bedroom and 4 x 3 bedroom, totalling 17

The total potential occupancy has increased from 56 to 60 people.

The position of the block has been adjusted so that the access road now runs between the rear of St. Simon’s Church and the block.

We will publish more details when we have had the opportunity to study the application, but the application addresses all issues arising from past use of the land. The major remaining issue appears to be whether it is acceptable for ABC to use this rare opportunity to build truly affordable housing even though it will result in some loss of open space.

The ABC Planning Case reference is 18/01508/AS

We have as with all planning applications we are notified of for South Ashford posted basic details under

Former Travis Perkins Trading Co Limited, Victoria Crescent

Discharge of condition 11



Original Application

16/00981/AS Erection of 31 residential apartments with car parking, associated access and landscaping Posted 6 July 2016


    1. The apartment building hereby permitted shall not be first occupied until a report prepared by SLR, or a similarly qualified firm, has been provided to the local planning authority confirming that a sustainable surface water drainage scheme, based on the proposals within the SLR Flood Risk Assessment Ref.408.06248.00001 June 2016 has been installed. The report should demonstrate that the surface water generated by this development (for all rainfall durations and intensities up to and including the climate change adjusted critical 100yr storm) can be accommodated and disposed of without increase to flood risk.
    2. The apartment building hereby permitted shall not be first occupied until details of the implementation, maintenance and management of the sustainable drainage scheme have been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority. The scheme shall be implemented and thereafter managed and maintained in accordance with the approved details unless the local planning authority has agreed to any variation in writing. Those details shall include:
      1. a timetable for its implementation, and,
      2. a management and maintenance plan for the lifetime of the development which shall include the arrangements for adoption by any public body or statutory undertaker, or any other arrangements to secure the operation of the sustainable drainage system throughout its lifetime.