Coun­cil re­veals 12,000 new homes vi­sion for bor­ough

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Latest Housing Plans Revealed - By Ai­dan Bar­low

Ash­ford is set to be en­cir­cled by 12,000 new houses af­ter the coun­cil re­vealed its de­vel­op­ment strat­egy up to 2030.

The 296-page draft Lo­cal Plan has ear­marked sites in an ex­pan­sive arc which stretches from Ken­ning­ton in the north west to Chilm­ing­ton Green in the south.

In par­tic­u­lar, the strat­egy has iden­ti­fied a fur­ther 5,035 new homes across the bor­ough, on top of the sites al­ready ap­proved in pre­vi­ous plans.

The vi­sion has been set out by Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil’s head of plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment, Si­mon Cole, in a re­port to be dis­cussed by cabi­net com­mit­tee mem­bers.

If the cabi­net mem­bers ap­prove the rec­om­men­da­tions it will lead to an eightweek pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion where res­i­dents, busi­nesses and com­mu­nity groups can com­ment on the plans.

In his re­port Mr Cole states the plan will give a frame­work from which coun­cil­lors and of­fi­cers can de­cide ma­jor plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions in the next 14 years.

I t will re­place ex­ist­ing strate­gies in place for the ex­pan­sion of Ash­ford, with the ex­cep­tion of the Chilm­ing­ton Green Ac­tion Plan, where 6, 000 homes will be built. Mr Cole said that the coun­cil iden­ti­fied the need for the homes in 2011, based on in­ward mi­gra­tion to the town, in par­tic­u­lar from Lon­don due to the high­speed rail and other trans­port links.

He wrote: “The pub­li­ca­tion of the Draft Lo­cal Plan to 2030 rep­re­sents a key mile­stone in the prepa­ra­tion of a new and up­dated plan­ning pol­icy base for the de­vel­op­ment in the bor­ough.”

In Ken­ning­ton land to the west of Trin­ity Road stretch­ing as far as Sandy­hurst Lane has been pen­cilled in for up to 300 homes.

Off Willes­bor­ough Road, 700 homes have been al­lo­cated for the con­tro­ver­sial ‘Big Bur­ton’ es­tate.

The ex­pan­sion along the A2070 con­tin­ues with a fur­ther 120 homes planned to the Con­ning­brook Lakes de­vel­op­ment, on top of the 300 homes al­ready ap­proved there.

At Willes­bor­ough Lees there are plans for 200 homes south of the Wil­liam Har­vey Hos­pi­tal, join­ing the A20.

South east of Ash­ford there are plans for 300 new homes at Water­brook which will link with the 1,200 homes planned at Fin­berry.

At Kingsnorth there could be 320 new homes on land at Steeds Lane and Bond Lane and a fur­ther 100 homes in Pound Lane.

The largest new es­tate is pro­posed at Court Lodge Farm, where 950 homes could be built along­side a new com­mu­nity cen­tre with shops, meet­ing hall and a two-form en­try pri­mary school.

Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil’s cabi­net will dis­cuss the re­port at a meet­ing in the Civic Cen­tre in Tan­nery Lane tonight at 7pm.

Coun­cil plan­ning pol­icy man­ager Si­mon Cole

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