Green poli­cies see cre­ation of dark-sky zone

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Ash­ford’s Lo­cal Plan also sets out poli­cies for in­fra­struc­ture, shop­ping and the en­vi­ron­ment.

Part of the plans in­clude con­tin­ued pro­tec­tion for the town’s Green Cor­ri­dor which ex­tends along the River Stour.

In the south of the town, the East Stour and Ayles­ford Stream is pro­tected from de­vel­op­ment, in­clud­ing fields south of the De­signer Out­let.

The cor­ri­dor goes through the town cen­tre at Tan­nery Lane, East Hill and Hen­wood, and then ex­tends pro­tec­tion to the green strip of land at Ash­ford Rugby Club in Kin­ney’s Lane and to the south of the Lit­tle Bur­ton Es­tate.

An­other pol­icy is for the cre­ation of a ‘dark-sky zone’ which aims to pro­tect ru­ral ar­eas from light pol­lu­tion of new homes and street­lights.

This is one of the coun­try’s first des­ig­nated spa­ces and the coun­cil hopes to boost tourism by work­ing with the Ash­ford As­tro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety in a bid to cre­ate a space cen­tre and ob­ser­va­tory.

Vil­lages from Ald­ing­ton to Ham­street and from Wood­church south to Ap­ple­dore have been given the In­ter­na­tional Dark Skies As­so­ci­a­tion des­ig­na­tion, and this will form part of lo­cal plan­ning pol­icy.

Road net­works could be ex­tended, with a new junc­tion 10a to be built at Willes­bor­ough and the du­alling of the Chart Road A28, near God­in­ton Park.

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