Wye Planning Matters
Wye 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 Tuesday of each month), or at the Resources and General Purposes Committee, (the third Tuesday 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 for all parties.
Wye Crown in winter: a view of Wye Crown and the North Downs AONB landscape seen from the former Goods Yard. A highly sensitive brownfield site with sub-standard access that is at risk of flooding.
National Planning Policy
The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), revised in February 2019, sets out the government's planning policy approach for England. This document, alongside detailed planning practice guidance informs all local planning authority decision making.
Local Planning Policy
Planning is policy-led, and there are policies at the national, county, district and parish levels to guide decision makers. Ashford Borough Council (ABC) is the local planning authority (LPA) for Wye. The law requires all LPAs to 'have regard to the provisions of the development plan, so far as material to the application, and to any other material considerations.' (Town and Country Planning Act 1990, s.70) And that 'determination must be made in accordance with the plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise'. (s.38, Planning & Compulsory Purchase Act 2004)
The Government's National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and guidance (NPPG) expects LPA's to approve development proposals that accord with statutory plans without delay; and grant permission where the plans are either absent, silent, indeterminate, or where relevant policies are out of date. Unless the adverse impacts of allowing development would significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits, when assessed against the policies in the NPPF taken as a whole. In short, making decisions on planning applications is a balancing act.
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).
Parish-led 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 use them when determining planning applications in the relevant parishes.
Wye Neighbourhood Plan
Ashford Borough Council adopted the Wye Neighbourhood Plan in October 2016. This link redirects to the Neighbourhood Plan section of ABC's website, where you can download the made Wye Neighbourhood Plan 2015-2030, and reference library of supporting evidence. The Parish Council has started the process of reviewing this key policy document in light of developments, notably the recently adopted Local Plan and updated national planning policy guidance.
Wye Village Design Statement
Ashford Borough Council adopted the Wye Village Design Statement (VDS) as supplementary planning guidance (SPG) in 2000. This document was one of two Countryside Commission exemplars of community-led planning in Kent.
Wye Housing Needs Study
The Wye Local Housing Needs Survey (HNS) 2018 identified the current number of different types of households with a local connection to Wye which are in need of housing. This project updated the 2013 HNS survey which formed a key piece of evidence for the Wye Neighbourhood Plan.
The aim of this parish-wide Housing Needs Survey is to ascertain if there are shortfalls in affordable housing provision within the parish of Wye with Hinxhill. The survey also sought to identify the needs of older households of all tenures who need to downsize or move to more suitable accommodation. This report provides overall information as well as analysis of housing need.
Kent Downs AONB Management Plan
Designated areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) have the same level of protection in planning terms as National Parks. All twelve local authorities within the AONB have a duty to prepare and publish a Management Plan as policy guidance. The ultimate goal of the Management Plan is to ensure that the natural beauty and special character of the landscape and vitality of the communities are recognised, maintained and strengthened well into the future.
Most of the parish of Wye is within the AONB. Therefore, The Kent Downs Management Plan policies apply to development within the AONB boundary, or which affects the setting of the AONB.
Wye has an exceptionally high quality built and natural heritage, and the Parish Council aims to achieve the best possible outcome from each development. As a statutory consultee the Parish Council welcomes informal, pre-application discussions, and encourages all developers to make contact as early as possible. This saves all parties time, effort and cost, and there is no charge for this service.
The Parish Council's open approach accords with the National Planning Policy Framework (para 39) which states that 'early engagement has significant potential to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the planning application system for all parties. Good quality pre-application discussion enables better coordination between public and private resources and improved outcomes for the community.'
Early engagement has been Parish Council policy for over 20 years (Wye Village Design Statement 2000: Basic Principles 4).
The WYE2 development site south of Little Chequers, Wye has full planning permission for 25 dwellings on greenfield land.