Planning Policy

New Local Plan for Cabinet Approval

ABC CrestAshford Borough Council’s Local Plan to 2013 will go before the Council’s Cabinet on 9 June 2016. The Plan includes proposals for development on new sites in South Ashford as well as further development in Kingsnorth.

Following approval by Cabinet the proposals will be published for public consultation.

Daniel Carter, Principal Policy Planner from Ashford Borough Council will attend the South Ashford Community Forum Meeting on 13th July to discuss the proposals.

‘Building Better Places’ report welcomed

Civic Voice - talking civic senseA House of Lords Committeee have released a report titled Building Better Places

Civic Voice have welcomed the report in a press release, emphasising the recommendations for maintaining and improving local control and community engagement in the planning process, and preservation of the historic environment:

The House of Lords Committeee on National Policy for the Built Environment have released a Report of Session 2015-16 titled Building Better Places last week. The report (which is available here) covered areas such as the recent trends in the built environment, creating better places through design, quality and standards, building for the long-term, delivering more housing and local leadership, delivery and skills. Members of the committee included Baroness Andrews, who works with Civic Voice to raise our issues in the House of Lords. (more…)

Ashford Town Centre Conservation Area Review

Ashfored Borough CouncilAshford Borough Council (ABC) have appointed a consultant to undertake a review of the Conservation Area (CA) of Ashford Town Centre. This includes an updated appraisal of the CA which describes the history and character of the area as well as discussing enhancement opportunities in a new management plan. The document is in draft form and ABC would like the views of local residents on the content. You can view the draft appraisal and proposals through this online consultation, where you can make as many comments as you wish.

Public exhibition

ABC are also holding a public exhibition in St Mary’s Church Hall on Saturday 28th November from10am-1pm for residents and business owners to come along and view the documents in person. (more…)

Council publishes 5 Year Housing Supply Statement

Ashford Borough Council have published their  five year housing land supply statement, which sets out the Council’s assessment of its supply of housing land over the next five years, from a start date of April 1st 2015. It shows that the Council can demonstrate a supply of deliverable housing sites in excess of the five year plus buffer requirements.