Land needed to ac­com­mo­date gyp­sies

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - It’s Just Not Cricket -

Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil would like to hear from landown­ers who may have land that is suit­able for de­vel­op­ment.

The au­thor­ity is re­view­ing its core strat­egy which sets out the planned growth for hous­ing and jobs in Ash­ford un­til 2021.

Once re­viewed it will be re­placed by a doc­u­ment called the Lo­cal Plan lead­ing up to 2030.

The new plan will need to iden­tify suf­fi­cient land to pro­vide new jobs and homes over the next 17 years, as well as places for leisure, shops and sites for trav­ellers.

Cllr David Robey, port­fo­lio holder for plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment, said: “As part of the re­view of our adopted Core Strat­egy and the cre­ation of our new Lo­cal Plan, we need to know what po­ten­tial sites there are in the bor­ough which could be de­vel­oped in the fu­ture.

“That’s why we are ask­ing landown­ers to come for­ward and let us know if they have any land which they would like to be con­sid­ered for in­clu­sion in the plan.”

Once a site is sub­mit­ted, it will be as­sessed by the coun- cil and will be in­cluded in the plan if deemed suit­able for de­vel­op­ment.

To be con­sid­ered for res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment, sites must be over 0.4 hectares in size in the Ash­ford ur­ban area or over 0.2 hectares else­where, or be able to ac­com­mo­date 10 homes or more.

If the pro­posal is for over 100 dwellings, an ad­di­tional form will need to be com­pleted.

The dead­line for sub­mis­sions is Fri­day, Septem­ber 27.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.ash­ or email plan­ning­pol­icy@ash­

Pic­ture: Martin Apps

David Robey

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