Author Archive: Bob Shrubb

Chair of South Ashford Community Forum

Stroke Consultation deadline extended

The Joint Committee of Clinical Commissioning Groups for the Kent and Medway Stroke Review has taken the decision to extend the stroke consultation by one week. The consultation will now close at midnight on Friday 20 April.

The reason for this is that during the week of bad weather in late February and early March, we had to postpone a number of listening events, which have been rescheduled, and in response to feedback we have scheduled a number of additional events. Whilst these events will be concluded by the 13 April it is important to allow time for those attending to consider what they have heard and respond to the consultation. The extension would allow this and take into account time lost due to bad weather.

Transforming health and social care in Kent and Medway 29 March 2018

For more information on the consultation please see our previous post

Land north of 262, Kingsnorth Road

Discharge conditions 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7


Start of Consultation: 16 Mar 2018

Original Application

15/00845/AS  Erection of a detached three-bed dwelling with associated car-parking  Posted on  13 July 2015


  1. Written details including source/ manufacturer, and samples of bricks, tiles and cladding materials to be used externally shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority before the development is commenced and the development shall be carried out using the approved external materials.
  2. The area shown on the drawing number 1062/02 B as vehicle parking spaces shall be provided, surfaced and drained in accordance with details submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority before the use is commenced or the premises occupied, and shall be retained for the use of the occupiers of, and visitors to, the development, and no permanent development, whether or not permitted by the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 2015 (or any Order revoking and re-enacting that Order), shall be carried out on that area of land so shown or in such a position as to preclude vehicular access to this reserved parking space.
  3. Prior to works commencing on site, details of parking for site personnel as well as details of loading and turning areas for construction traffic shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority and thereafter shall be provided and retained throughout the development. The approved parking, loading and turning areas shall be provided prior to the commencement of development.
  4. Prior to the occupation of the dwelling hereby approved details of covered cycle parking facilities shall be submitted to and approved by the Council and be retained thereafter unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority.
  5. Prior to the commencement of the development details of drainage works, designed in accordance with the principles of sustainable urban drainage, shall been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority and the works shall be carried out and maintained in accordance
    with these details.
  6. No development shall take place until the applicant, or their agents or successors in title, has secured the implementation of a programme of archaeological work in accordance with a written specification and timetable which has been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority.

67 Kingsnorth Road, TN23 6HZ

Proposed two storey rear extension; installation of first floor window to side elevation (revision to planning permission 17/00176/AS)


Start of Consultation: 20 Mar 2018, End of Consultation: 13 Apr 2018

Other relevant applications

18/00423/AS  Lawful development certificate – Proposed – Construction of rear dormer window and insertion of roof lights  Posted on 23 March 2018

17/00176/AS  Two storey rear extension, proposed first floor side window Posted on  14 February 2017

South Kent College, Jemmett Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 4RJ

Rationalisation of build heights to blocks B, C, D to construction methodology of block A. Changes to the car parking layout and change to Section 38 agreement drawing. Introduction of stepped access to plots 63, 64 and 144-154 facing Jemmet Road. Amendement to roof profiles for plots 63, 66 and 131.


Decided: Amended plans approved

Original application

11/00405/AS Demolition of existing buildings and construction of up to 241 dwellings and associated access and landscaping; posted on 10 December 2016

Former Pledges Mill and South Kent College Site, Victoria Road

Changes to the approved brewery with shop, bar and restaurant (Use Classes B2/A1/A3/A4) on land to the north of Victoria Road (identified as Phase A1) involving

  1. a reduction in footprint, building height and mass,
  2. feature tanks relocated externally at the front of building,
  3. an associated walkway, fencing and planting added to the feature tanks,
  4. plant facilities and Glycol Tanks repositioned inside / on the roof of the building,
  5. parking repositioned and soft landscaping added to the area in front of the building,
  6. water feature added to the front facade, (vii) alteration to the lift access, and
  7. the previously approved slim glazed apertures between tanks on the front elevation replaced with a ‘picture frame window’.


Original Application

Case Ref Site Description of Works Posted on
16/01157/AS Former Pledges Mill and South Kent College Site and land south of junction of Beaver Road and, Victoria Road, Ashford, Kent 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 August 2016


Land between 1 Rose Villas and 25, Lower Denmark Road

Discharge of conditions: 8 & 11


Start of Consultation: 12 Mar 2018

Original Application

17/00714/AS  Erection of 4 no. two bedroom semi-detached houses, with associated car parking   Posted on 15 May 2017


  1. No development shall commence until plans and particulars of a sustainable drainage system (including the details below) for the disposal of the site’s surface water have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority.
  1. Prior to any works commencing (including vegetation clearance) a detailed ecological method statement shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The document must include the following information:
    • Reptile Survey
    • Aims and objective of the proposed works.
    • Detailed methodology to clear the site
    • Map showing area to translocated reptiles to (if found during the site clearance works)
    • Timings of works
    • Details of who will be carrying out the works.
    • The works must be implemented in accordance with the submitted and approved document.

Bonfire spreads to bungalow

Ashford firefighters are warning residents about the risks of leaving bonfires unattended, following a callout to Ashford where a fire spread to a house.

Crews were called to reports of a fence alight in a garden Arcon Road. When they arrived they discovered that an unattended bonfire has spread to a garden gate, as well as the PVC window frames and guttering of a semi-detached bungalow.

Crews used a hose reel to contain the fire and prevent it spreading to the roof of the building, and drag rakes to expose hotspots in a heap of burning rubbish.

Ashford watch manager Mark Scott said: “Crews managed to bring this fire under control and minimise the damage to the house, but a few minutes more and we would have been facing a much larger incident.

“Our advice would be to find other, more environmentally friendly, ways of disposing of rubbish, such as taking it to your local recycling centre. If you do have a bonfire, make sure it is built well away from fences, buildings, trees and garden sheds, that it’s kept to a manageable size and that it’s not left unattended. An adult should supervise it until it has burnt out. If it has to be left, damp it down with water.”

There were no reported injuries.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service  20 March 2018

Refuse collections

Waste and food binsAshford Borough Council’s refuse collection contractor, Biffa, will be collecting grey refuse bins this week.

Residents that have not had their refuse bin collected since the week commencing 26th of February and have a full bin are asked to bag additional waste, using refuse bags, and place it next to their grey bin so it can be collected in the upcoming week.

Please note that excess waste placed in carrier bags will not be taken.

ABC appreciates residents patience and would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Ashford Borough Council 12 March 2018