Planning and Development

Hampden Road appeal dismissed

ABC CrestAn appeal against Ashford Borough Council’s decision not to allow the building of a new house in Hampden Road has been dismissed by the planning inspector. The inspector has agreed with the Council’s view that the proposal would be harmful to the character and appearance of the area.

The application, decision and appeal can be viewed on the Council’s website,
Case Reference 16/00257/AS http://planning.ashford.gov.uk/Planning/details.aspx?systemkey=102902 ➚

We have updated our notice of the proposal:
https://southashford.org.uk/index.php/2016/02/24/11-hampden-road-tn23-6jl/

Victoria Way goes to Planning Committee

01-Aldi-CGITwo of the planning applications for land at the junction of Beaver Road  and Victoria Road, dubbed ‘Victoria Way’ by developer U+I, are to be considered by Ashford Borough Council’s Planning Committee on 19th October. The application for a brewery with visitor centre and residential accommodation and that for a retail store (designed for Aldi) will be considered by the Committee. The separate application for a hotel is not on the agenda for the meeting.

Application details

Details of all three applications can be found at the following links:

South Ashford Community Forum’s comments on the applications can be read in our post of 17th August 2016

We have reproduced the application details on our Planning Notices page. The developers website for the proposals is http://victoriawayashford.com/

Another HMO unlawful

ABC CrestAshford Borough Council have refused to issue a ‘Certificate of Lawful Use’ for another House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) in South Ashford. This follows a similar refusal in July of this year. These applications claim that the use as an HMO has exceeded the four year period within which the Local Planning Authority must start enforcement action. Again the Council have stated that “The evidence submitted in the application does not establish that, on the balance of probabilities, the building has been used as a large HMO for up to 7 people continuously since 2006″.

Although, since 2010, change of use from a house to a small HMO has not required planning permission, change to a HMO for more than 6 people still requires planning permission. Before 2010 change of use to any HMO required planning permission.

SACF Comment on Victoria Way

03-PRS-South Ashford Community Forum (SACF) have prepared draft comments on the planning applications for redevelopment of land at the junction of Beaver Road and Victoria Road.

SACF’s Comments

16/01157/AS, 16/01164/AS, 16/01167/AS
Former Pledges Mill and South Kent College Site and land south of junction of Beaver Road and, Victoria Road

South Ashford Community Forum has examined the documents relating to the above applications.
Whilst we are aware that some residents of Victoria Crescent are against these developments, most people that we have spoken to, including several living close to the sites, are pleased to see proposals come forward for redevelopment of these long derelict sites. We are supportive of mixed use development on the sites.
We do have the following comments:

General comment:

We note that although the traffic assessment concludes that the impact of traffic from these developments will be modest, residents remain concerned regarding the impact on congestion at the busy Beaver Road / Victoria Road Junction and issues this could create with egress from George Street.

16/01157/AS

Brewery, with shop, bar and restaurant, three commercial units and 216 residential units with associated parking, substations, landscaping and access works.

We note the application allocates the ground floor of the Victoria Road residential block for retail use. We believe that small craft workshops, with sale of goods produced on-site, should be included in any permission granted for this location.
We are pleased that the open space bounded by the Built to Rent is to be public and believe the arrangement will reduce the visual impact of the block from the riverside walk.
Whilst it is appreciated that there are no remaining heritage assets on the site, we would like a reference to the heritage of the site provided. The Brewery site was the location of a school that was destroyed by a German bomb in the Second World War. Although there were no injuries to occupants of the school, elsewhere in Ashford, 50 people were killed and 77 seriously injured in that raid. Adjacent to the school stood a flour mill, one of two large mills in Ashford, owned by H.S. Pledge & Sons. The mill was destroyed by fire in 1984. We believe that the proposed visitors centre offers the opportunity to mark this history.

16/01164/AS

120 bedroom hotel and associated parking, landscaping, substation and access works

Whilst we note that application complies with Kent County Council Supplementary Planning guidance that refers to maximum parking provision, and that as a town centre hotel, close to the station, the intention is to attract customers using public transport, residents are concerned that the low parking provision, of 0.5 spaces per room, could be inadequate, leading to overflow of parking to local streets. This is of particular concern as the residential parking restrictions do not apply during late evening and night time.

We are generally pleased with the finishes proposed but have concerns regarding the appearance of the render proposed for the ground floor exterior walls.

As a pdf

You can download the comments as a pdf document here

Make your views known

SACF welcome any suggestions, from those who live or work in South Ashford, for amendments or additional comments before they submit them at the end of this month.

Make your suggestions by commenting on this post.

Application details

Three applications have been submitted:

U+I exhibited their initial proposals in March this year. South Ashford Community Forum’s comments on the consultation documents can be viewed from the Publications page on the South Ashford websitehttps://southashford.org.uk/index.php/about-us/publications/

We have reproduced the application details on our Planning Notices page. The developers website for the proposals is http://victoriawayashford.com/

Victoria Way development application submitted

junctionviewDeveloper, U+I has submitted a planning application for redevelopment of land at the junction of Beaver Road and Victoria Road.

Three applications have been submitted:

U+I exhibited their initial proposals in March this year. South Ashford Community Forum’s comments on the consultation documents can be viewed from the Publications page on the South Ashford website https://southashford.org.uk/index.php/about-us/publications/

We have reproduced the application details on our Planning Notices page. The developers website for the proposals is http://victoriawayashford.com/

SACF responds to Local Plan

Help shape our Local Plan

South Ashford Community Forum have submitted five representations to the Draft Local Plan published by Ashford Borough Council.

Extracts from the Local Plan have been included on the website under Local Information / Planning and Development / Local Plan. Each section is a separate post allowing you to make comments. A link is provided to open the relevant part of the Plan online so that you have access to the full text. You can, of course, make your own submissions via the Council’s Consultation Portal but comments need to be in the form of an objection with justification showing that the part of the Plan concerned is not ‘sound’.

Ashford Borough Council’s consultation on the plan closes on Wednesday,10th August, after which no more comments can be submitted.

The representations SACF have submitted relate to the following parts of the Plan:

Local Plan Representations

Help shape our Local PlanDuring a review of the Draft Local Plan published by Ashford Borough Council, we have extracted those parts of the Plan that we think are most relevant to those who live and work in South Ashford. These extracted sections can be reviewed on the South Ashford website under Local Information / Planning and Development / Local Plan.

We have now prepared five representations on the Plan. Representations can only be made on the Soundness or Legality of the Plan, as explained in the Council’s  ‘Guidance Notes for submitting a representation’ and ‘Guidance note on Legal Compliance and Soundness’ that can be downloaded from Consultation page on the Council’s website. The representations we have prepared relate to the following parts of the Plan:

The representations have been added as comments under the extracts from the relevant part of the Plan. We welcome your views on these representations and suggestions you have for further representations.

SACF Local Plan Representations

Web bannerSouth Ashford Community Forum have commenced preparation of Representations on Ashford Borough Council’s Draft Local Plan. The Drafts of these representations are available on the South Ashford website, https://southashford.org.uk/index.php/category/planning-and-development/planning-policy/local-plan/.  Your comments on these representations and any suggestions for additional representations are welcome.

Minutes of SACF Meeting July 2016

South Ashfprd Community ForumJuly 2016 Meeting


The Minutes of the South Ashford Community Forum Meeting of 13th July 2016 with attachments:

  • Daniel Carter’s Presentation,
  • Caroline Harris’s Statement and
  • a letter from Jo Gideon.

can be downloaded from the Minutes and Agendas page. The minutes are draft until accepted at the next meeting. Please do let me have any comments on the minutes.

Travis Perkins Application


Our draft comments on the application can be viewed on the Publications page. We welcome your suggestions for amendments or additional comments.

Local Plan 2030

We have added further extracts from the Local Plan to website under Local Information / Planning and Development / Local Plan. Each section is a separate post allowing you to make comments. A link is provided to open the relevant part of the Plan online so that you have access to the full text. You can, of course, make your own comments via the Council’s Consultation Portal but comments need to be in the form of an objection with justification showing that the part of the Plan concerned is not ‘sound’.

Appeal against Hampden Road refusal

ABC CrestAn appeal has been lodged against the Ashford Borough Council’s decision not to allow the building of a new house in Hampden Road. The applicant claims that the latest design addressed previous comments made by planning officers.

The application, decision and appeal can be viewed on the Council’s website, Case Reference 16/00257/AS http://planning.ashford.gov.uk/Planning/details.aspx?systemkey=102902 ➚

We will amend the post on the Planning Notices page to reflect any decision on the appeal https://southashford.org.uk/index.php/2016/02/24/11-hampden-road-tn23-6jl/