Kentish Express Ashford & District
Have a say on town’s future
A major public consultation and information campaign is to be launched in Tenterden ahead of changes to the town’s planning policies.
The effort will begin in the spring, canvassing views on the area’s Neighbourhood Plan (NP). which sets out planning policies intended to protect important local characteristics and green spaces.
Tenterden Town Council’s NP steering group, featuring residents and town councillors, has been collecting evidence over the last 18 months and listening to the public’s views.
Exhibitions and presentations have been used to provide evidence of what people treasure about the parish, meanwhile the biodiversity and wildlife group has recorded sightings of more than 2,000 species, including the rediscovery of wild polecats which have been absent from Kent for many years.
TTC has hired specialist consultancy firm Feria Urbanism to conduct a six-week consultation, both online and paper-based, to establish residents’ views on the proposed policies.
Committee member Cllr Kate Walder said: “We’re confident we will succeed in producing a Neighbourhood Plan for Tenterden that’s worthy of its unofficial title, The Jewel of the Weald.”
After the consultation, the draft NP will be considered by Ashford Borough Council and an independent inspector.