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A contentious planning application for up to 725 dwellings in Kennington moves into a new phase.

A contentious planning application for up to 725 dwellings in Kennington moves into a new phase.

Applicants Quinn Estates and Redrow Homes submitted 51 new documents yesterday. These show three new house types 'Oxford Lifestyle, Henley, and Balmoral' and other significant changes to the developers' original 'Big Burton' plans including: detailed application drawings for 288 dwellings (320 previously) and outline for 437 more (430 previously); a massive drop in size for the 'local centre' from 1,665 sqm to 635 of A1-A5 retail units; a much smaller gym, which has shrunk from 590 to 190 sqm; and B1 office use has gone from 915 sqm before to none now.

The application site (Local Plan policy S2) is on rising ground which faces the North Downs. Being open farmland the site is clearly visible from a large area of the Kent Downs AONB, with its important views from the North Downs Way National Trail, and the Broad Downs view point on top of the Wye National Nature Reserve. Natural England signage suggests this view point offers the best view in Kent.

Ashford Borough Council has extended the deadline for public comments on the application to 16th October. The reference number is 19/00025/AS and the most recent plans are at the end of the list. This is the third revision of the plans to appear since January. The original version attracted hundreds of objections, including some 'suspicious comments.' In March the Kentish Express reported that two employees of Quinn Estates 'used their own private social media accounts to reach out to people they knew to encourage them to support the company's Conningbrook Park scheme.'

The 'hybrid planning application for 'Land between railway line and Willesborough Road, Kennington, Kent' is about 80 yards from the Wye parish boundary. The Parish Council is taking advice and its response will follow. The developers are seeking outline planning permission (all matters reserved except for points of access) for up to 437 dwellings; formal and informal open space incorporating SuDS; and associated services, infrastructure and groundworks; and (ii) full planning permission for the erection of 288 dwellings; the creation of serviced plot of land to facilitate the delivery by Kent County Council of a two-form entry primary school with associated outdoor space and vehicle parking; a new Bowls Centre including a clubhouse of 292 sq m, ancillary buildings and a bowling green; a local centre to provide 280 sq m of A1 (retail), 180 sq m of A1 (retail foodstore), 100 sqm A3 (café), 75 sq m A5 (takeaway), 190 sq m D2 (gym/fitness studio space), open space incorporating SuDS; vehicle parking; and associated services, structural landscaping, infrastructure and groundworks. This application is subject to an environmental impact assessment.

The Gladman Homes planning application for a further 625 dwellings on adjacent land at East Mountain Lane, Kennington is still pending a decision. Application 18/00236/AS for 'land east of East Mountain Lane and Canterbury Road, Kennington' is an outline application for the demolition of existing agricultural buildings and the erection of up to 625 dwellings with public open space, a park and ride, land for an A1 retail unit (up to 280 sqm) and a D1 community centre including doctor's surgery, landscaping and sustainable drainage system and vehicular access point from Canterbury Road. All matters reserved with the exception of the means of access

Posted: Wed, 25 Sep 2019 21:30 by Parish Admin

Tags: 19/00025/AS, A2070, AONB, Ashford Local Plan, East Mountain Lane, Kennington, Quinn Estates, Redrow Homes, S2