Op­po­si­tion ‘re­spected’ – but de­vel­op­ment hailed as help­ing Ash­ford to thrive Green light for 5,000 Chilm­ing­ton homes plan

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Waste Collection Latest - By James Scott

js­cott@thek­m­group.co.uk The doc­u­ment which out­lines how de­vel­op­ment at Chilm­ing­ton Green will take place has been rec­om­mended for adop­tion.

The Chilm­ing­ton Green Area Ac­tion Plan was given the stamp of ap­proval by Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil’s cabi­net last Thurs­day.

The plan, which was de­clared “sound” by a plan­ning in­spec­tor ear­lier this year, gives a vi­sion for the area and out­lines the scale and na­ture of the de­vel­op­ment around the ham­let.

It will al­low the coun­cil to con­trol the de­liv­ery of the scheme for up to 5,750 homes at Chilm­ing­ton Green, along with schools and a high street, be­ing put for­ward by a con­sor­tium of de­vel­op­ers.

Port­fo­lio holder for plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment Cllr David Robey (Con) said: “An adopted AAP is a vi­tal com­po­nent of the coun­cil’s am­bi­tious vi­sion for a sus­tain­able gar­den sub­urb at Chilm­ing­ton Green – a de­vel­op­ment that will be of ma­jor sig­nif­i­cance for the fu­ture of Ash­ford.”

Ac­knowl­edg­ing the lo­cal op­po­si­tion from the Keep Chilm­ing­ton Green cam­paign group, who amassed 8,000 sig­na­tures against the plans, Cllr Robey said it was only right that the coun­cil re­spected their views but said they must be bal­anced with the wider needs of the bor­ough.

He said: “Chilm­ing­ton Green pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to plan for a high qual­ity new de­vel­op­ment where in­fra­struc­ture and ser­vices are care­fully in­te­grated from the very start, while play­ing a large role in meet­ing the bor­ough’s hous­ing sites needs for many years to come.

Pros­per

“It will play an im­por­tant role in rais­ing the pro­file of the town, help­ing it to thrive and pros­per.”

One con­cern raised at last week’s cabi­net meet­ing was about the A28 and whether the bridge by Mata­lan could be du­alled to cope with the ad­di­tional traf­fic.

Cllr Neil Shorter (Con), who has been present at mas­ter­plan­ning meet­ings, said that the rail­way cross­ing was a key is­sue that had been dis­cussed.

ABC’s head of plan­ning Richard Alderton re­as­sured the com­mit­tee that the du­alling would be dealt with as part of the phased im­prove­ments of the A28 as the de­vel­op­ment came for­ward.

Once adopted by the full coun­cil, the AAP will be­come part of the coun­cil’s adopted de­vel­op­ment plan.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the pro­posed mar­ket square at Chilm­ing­ton Green

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