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Planning Applications

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The Parish Council is a statutory consultee for planning matters. Councillors discuss planning applications either at the regular Council meeting (on the first Wednesday of each month), or at the Resources and General Purposes Committee, (the third Wednesday of each month). The Clerk publishes the agenda at least three days prior to each meeting, on the parish noticeboards and online here. These notices list the current planning applications to be considered.

The Parish Council aims to achieve the best possible outcome from each development and welcomes informal, pre-application consultations and encourages developers and their agents to make contact. Early engagement saves all parties time and money and achieves better outcomes.

Local Planning Policy

Ashford Local Plan to 2030

Ashford Borough Council has adopted a new Local Plan for the borough. This document forms part of the Development Plan and sets out the planning policies and allocates land across the borough to accommodate new houses and jobs up to 2030.

The Development Plan for Ashford borough comprises the following documents: Ashford Local Plan 2030 (adopted February 2019), along with the Chilmington Green Area Action Plan (2013), the Wye Neighbourhood Plan (2016), the Pluckley Neighbourhood Plan (2017) and the Kent Minerals and Waste Local Plan (2016).

Designated neighbourhood areas

Neighbourhood Plans once 'made' i.e. adopted, become part of the statutory development plan for that area and the local planning authority (Ashford Borough Council) will be used in determining planning applications in the following parishes within Ashford borough:

  1. Wye Neighbourhood Plan
  2. Pluckley Neighbourhood Plan

The following parishes within Ashford borough are designated formally as 'neighbourhood areas' under the Localism Act (2011), and are in the process of developing their neighbourhood plans.

  1. Bethersden Neighbourhood Plan
  2. Boughton Aluph and Eastwell Neighbourhood Plan
  3. Charing Neighbourhood Plan
  4. Egerton Neighbourhood Plan
  5. Hothfield Neighbourhood Plan
  6. Rolvenden Neighbourhood Plan
  7. Tenterden Neighbourhood Plan

A neighbourhood plan may only be prepared and submitted for examination by a qualifying body, which in parished areas is the parish or town council. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) states (para. 29) that 'Neighbourhood planning gives communities the power to develop a shared vision for their area. Neighbourhood plans can shape, direct and help to deliver sustainable development, by influencing local planning decisions as part of the statutory development plan' Furthermore, the NPPF states that 'Neighbourhood plans should not promote less development than set out in the strategic policies for the area, or undermine those strategic policies'.

The Parish Council aims to achieve the best possible outcome from each development and welcomes informal, pre-application consultations and encourages developers to make contact.

National Planning Policy

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), revised in February 2019, sets out the government's planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied.

The opening paragraphs in the NPPF provide an introduction:

'1. The National Planning Policy Framework sets out the Government's planning policies for England and how these should be applied. It provides a framework within which locally-prepared plans for housing and other development can be produced.

2. Planning law requires that applications for planning permission be determined in accordance with the development plan [which includes all local plans and neighbourhood plans that are in force], unless material considerations indicate otherwise. The National Planning Policy Framework must be taken into account in preparing the development plan, and is a material consideration in planning decisions. Planning policies and decisions must also reflect relevant international obligations and statutory requirements.

3. The Framework should be read as a whole (including its footnotes and annexes). General references to planning policies in the Framework should be applied in a way that is appropriate to the type of plan being produced, taking into account policy on plan-making in chapter 3.'

NB. The planning law reference in paragraph 2 above, is Section 38(6) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and section 70(2) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.