Planning meeting to be dedicated to Chilmington
Extra rooms set aside for talks on controversial scheme
An entire planning committee meeting is likely to be set aside to discuss proposals for the Chilmington Green development.
Members of Ashford council’s planning committee will next week consider dedicating their meeting on Wednesday, October 15, to talking about the controversial and massive development planned for the rural area to the south west of the town.
The purpose of the meeting will be to decide whether to grant outline planning permission for the development, which could include up to 5,750 houses, a countryside park, a secondary school, four primary schools, a supermarket and a new high street and market square.
The council expects the turnout at the meeting to be “significant” and will have two additional rooms set up with an audio link so people who do not fit in the council chamber can still hear what is happening.
Plans and i nformation relating to the development, described by the council as a sustainable garden suburb, will be on display in the council chamber from 5pm on the day of the meeting and staff from Ashford council and Kent County Council will be on hand to answer questions.
The master plan for the development was designed by architect John Thompson and Partners and the company has already picked up a strategic planning award at the 2014 Placemaking Awards in recognition of the positive impact it is predicted to have on its surroundings.
The Keep Chilmington Green campaign group collected more than 8,000 signatures on a petition opposing the development but Ashford council and a government planning inspector both gave the Chilmington Green Area Action Plan their seal of approval.
Papers relating to October’s discussion would be circulated by officers two weeks beforehand and a site meeting and briefing session would be arranged. The special planning meeting is likely to start at the earlier time of 6pm.
A maximum of 10 objectors and 10 supporters will be allowed up to five minutes each to express their views and anyone who wishes to speak must notify member services by 2pm on Monday, October 13.
Other planning applications due to be discussed at October’s meeting would be dealt with during an extraordinary meeting on Monday, October 20.
The Chilmington Green area of Ashford as it looks now