Planning and Development

East Stour Park amendments

Amended drawings submitted to Ashford Borough Council on Wednesday of this week, indicate a reduction of one storey from the three highest blocks resulting in a removal of 24 apartments from the proposal.

The drawings also appear to indicate a reduction of the ground level in some areas. The number of parking spaces has been increased to address issues raised by Kent Cunty Council Highways

South Ashford Community Forum will undertake a further review of these drawings to gain a full understanding of the changes.

ABC Planning Case ref: 19/00709/AS
https://planning.ashford.gov.uk/planning/Details.aspx?systemkey=112528

Response to East Stour Park development

Satellite image of site

South Ashford Community forum has drafted its response to the planning application for the proposed East Stour Park Development.

We are aware that a petition has been started against the development. Petitions cannot be presented at meetings of the Planning Committee so will have no effect on the decision. All who wish to object to this development should submit their comment using the process set out on the Ashford Borough Council website: https://www.ashford.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/making-planning-applications/comment-on-applications/

South Ashford Community Forum will include the issues listed below in its comment. You may include these issues in your own comment but need to formulate them into suitable paragraphs.

  • Site is in Green Corridor
  • Development would add further severe restriction to the Green Corridor and movement of wildlife in an area adjacent to which such movement is already constrained by the station, railway and roads round it.
  • The proposed ‘enhancement’of the Green Corridor does not adequately mitigate the loss of Green Corridor.
  • The exit of traffic onto Norman Road so close to the Kimberley Way Roundabout will create a hazard
  • Site is not allocated in local plan; development not required to meet 5y  housing need.
  • Developments of the proposed size on greenfield sites should go through the SHEELAA selection process and not be considered as windfall sites.
  • The sequential test does not include the Homeplus site.
  • The claim that properties in Riversdale Road would flood before the site is incorrect as experienced in 2014.
  • There is no mention in the current Green Corridor Action Plan of a Wetland Country Park in the South Willesborough Dykes.
  • Development of the South Willesborough Dykes, or part of it, as a country park would have a severe negative impact.

Ashford Bourough Council Case Reference: 19/00709/AS
http://planning.ashford.gov.uk/Planning/details.aspx?systemkey=112528

Homeplus site exhibition

A Better Choice for Property Ltd., the property investment company owned by Ashford Borough Council, has announced an exhibition of proposals for development of the site of the Homeplus home furnishings store in Beaver Road.

The site was purchased by A Better Choice fot Property earlier this year from Southern Housing Group. Although Southern Housing had commissioned outline designs for development of the site, no planning
application for the proposals had been published.

Thursday 16th May 2019
3pm – 8pm
The Stour Centre, Station Approach, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1ET

A Better Choice for Property Development Ltd invites you To attend a public exhibition event in relation to a proposed high quality mixed use (residential and commercial) development on the former B&Q (now Home Plus) site in Beaver Road.

The public exhibilion provides an informal opportunity for the local community to learn more about this development and to provide feedback to the team.

A model of the initial scheme for the site will be on display and representatives from A Better Choice for Property Development Ltd as well as members of the project team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Email: info@dhaplanning.co.uk

Poplars planning application

Ashford Borough Council (ABC) have submitted a planning application to demolish 14 flats and 3 houses at the Poplars at the junction of Beaver Lane and Beaver Road and replace them with 31 apartments for independent living older tenants.

The proposed development follows the rebuilding of Farrow Court, nearby, Danemoor in Tenterden and the proposed rebuild of East Stour Court in Mabledon Avenue as part of an ABC strategy to modernise and increase their sheltered housing stock.

The new apartments will be for affordable rent to tenants aged 50 or above.

The ABC Planning case reference is 19/00516/AS
https://planning.ashford.gov.uk/Planning/details.aspx?systemkey=112217

Appeal against refusal for motorcycle workshop

The applicant has appealed a decision by Ashford Borough Council to refuse an application to change an industrial unit in Eastmead to a motorcycle workshop.

Alexander Motorcycles currently located on Ellingham Industrial Estate applied, in December 2017, to change the use of Airtech House in Eastmead Avenue from industrial/commercial use to a motorcycle workshop. Ashford Borough Council refused the application in, August 2018, because “The proposed change of use would give rise to an unacceptable level of noise and disturbance to residents within the locality which cannot be adequately mitigated. As a result, the residential amenity of the occupiers of dwellings in the locality would be significantly harmed to their detriment. “

Alexander Cadenhead, a director of Alexander Motorcycles, submitted an appeal against the decision on 3rd February of this year.

Ashford Borough Council planning case ref: 17/01873/AS
Planning Inspectorate case ref: APP/E2205/W/19/3221781

HMO Application refused

A retrospective planning application for change of use of a chalet bungalow in Bond Road as a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) has been refused by Ashford Borough Council.

The application by Mr. Scott Bayliss, the owner of a number of houses in multiple occupation in South Ashford, to allow the 40 Bond Road to be used for occupation by seven people was refused on the grounds of insufficient parking provision. Although the application showed two parking spaces on the frontage of the property, these do not exist and no application was made for a dropped kerb. It is also thought that there is insufficient space on the property to accommodate two parking spaces meeting ABC’s parking standards.

Since October 2010 a planning application has not been needed for change of use of a dwelling house (Planning Class C3) into a Small HMO (Planning Class C4), however if more than six unrelated persons occupy and share amenities, planning permission is still required. When the Permitted Development rules came into force ABC made a Direction under Article 4 of the legislation which effectively removes the Permitted Development status for Small HMOs in Aylesford Green, Beaver, Little Burton Farm and South Willesborough wards.

Halstow Way appropriation notice

View from open space

Following our announcement that Ashford Borough Council have submitted a planning application for the construction of 17 affordable rented apartments on the Noakes Meadow public open space (refer to our post dated 26 October 2018), the Council have now published a notice of their intention to appropriate the site for the purpose.


Local Government Act 1972 Sections 121(1) & 122(2b)

Land known as land at Halstow Way

Notice is hereby given that Ashford Borough Council intends to appropriate for housing purposes land having an approximate area of 3,347 square metres at Halstow Way. This land consists of open space. A plan of the land is available to view at the Customer Contact Centre of Ashford Borough Council.

Any objections to the intended appropriation must be made in writing and addressed to: – Mr T W Mortimer, Corporate Director (Law and Governance) & Monitoring Officer, Ashtord Borough Council, Civic Centre,Tannery
Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1 PL, quoting reference DSJ/H6-383

Objections must be received no later than 8th March 2019.

Dated this 7th February 2019.

T W Mortimer
Corporate Director (Law and Governance) & Monitoring Officer
Ashtord Borough Council

Norman Road Scheme Consultation

A public consultation on a proposed residential scheme at East Stour Park, Norman Road, Ashford

The proposals are for a residential-led scheme including: –

  • Up to 240 apartments;
  • Associated car parking for the development;
  • Creation of riverside parkland and flood storage area;
  • Creation of a wetland park

Quinn Estates have organised a public exhibition to give local residents and stakeholders an opportunity to see plans of our proposal and to speak to core members of the project team. The aim is to understand the views and ideas of the local community so that the development proposals can evolve to take account of feedback.
Quinn Estates would like to invite elected representatives to attend, prior to the main consultation event to enable any questions/queries to be answered.

The events will be held on:

  • Wednesday 6th March 2019

Public Exhibition –

  • 16:30 until 20:00.
  • At the Ashford Railway Club,
  • Bath Meadow, Beaver Road,
  • Ashford, Kent, TN23 7RR


For more information, please contact
01227 831 212 | www.quinn-estates.com | quinnestates@quinn-estates.com


Victoria Park plans submitted

Masterplan for proposals

The planning application for proposals to be included in a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for improvements to Victoria Park have been submitted for planning permission.

The proposals include the extension to existing nursery building to create new cafe provision. Improvements to entrances on public highway, resurfacing and extension to existing car park, new CCTV, lighting columns adjacent to new cafe, new feature play equipment. Restoration and repairs to landscape features – paths, planting, seating, ecological improvements etc., a new path along the boundary of Watercress Fields and the refurbishment of the listed Hubert Fountain.

Implimentation of the proposals is subject to the bid by Ashford Borough Council (ABC) to the Heritage Lottery Fund, which is expected to be submitted this month, being successful. The results of the bid are expected late summer of this year.

Proposed replacement building

The ABC planning case reference is 19/00054/AS

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