Kentish Express Ashford & District

Have a say on town’s future

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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.

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