Adopted Development Plan Documents
The adopted Development Plan for Ashford is currently contained within a collection of documents known as a 'Local Development Framework (LDF)'. The main strategy for the whole Borough is contained within the Core Strategy. There are additional documents, relating to particular areas and these are known as Development Plan Documents (DPDs), Area Action Plans (AAPs) and Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) and these are geographical or issue specific.
There are also several 'Saved' Policies from the previous Local Plan produced in 2000. Together, all these documents deliver the spatial planning objectives and policies for the borough.
In October 2016, the Wye Neighbourhood Plan was formally 'made' and therefore becomes part of the development plan, and will be used in decision making for that parish.
Adopted Development Plan Documents
Core Strategy 2008
The Core Strategy sets out the overall vision and objectives for the delivery of Ashford's development between 2006 and 2021. The Core Strategy is the principle Local Plan/ Development Plan Document for the borough. View Core Strategy 2008
Ashford Town Centre AAP 2010
The Ashford Town Centre Area Action Plan sets out the overall strategy for the future of the town centre and identifies specific sites for development. View Town Centre Area Action Plan 2010
Tenterden and Rural Sites DPD 2012
This DPD deals primarily with the allocation of residential development in Tenterden and other rural villages across the borough. The DPD also covers a range of policies that deal with rural planning issues. View Tenterden and Rural Sites Development Plan Document 2010.
Urban Sites DPD 2012
The Urban Sites and Infrastructure DPD allocates land for development in the urban area of Ashford (excluding the town centre) and includes several topic policies relevant to urban planning issues. View Urban Sites and Infrastructure Development Plan Document 2012
Chilmington AAP 2013
The 2013 Chilmington Green Area Action Plan proposes a policy framework to deliver a major urban extension to Ashford of up to 5,750 homes and 1,000 jobs, over a period of twenty five years or so. View Chilmington Green Area Action Plan
Borough Local Plan 2000 Saved Policies
The previous Borough Local Plan (2000) has now been largely superceded by the plans contained in the LDF listed above. But a number of the policies in the Local Plan were 'saved' (Including Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG)) until these were either subsequently replaced or superseded by policies in the new system. View borough Local Plan 2000 to view a list of Saved Policies that remain in force.
Use the Local Plan Policies Map - an interactive map of the borough that shows all relevant adopted policies for each area.
Supplementary Planning Documents
Ashford has a number of adopted SPDs which are used as material planning considerations when assessing planning applications.
The Wye Neighbourhood Plan was formally 'made' (adopted) by the council in October 2016, and now forms part of the Development Plan and policies within it will now apply to development proposals within that Parish.
There are several other parishes that have commenced preparation of a neighbourhood plan, which will apply local policies in those areas, once adopted. View Neighbourhood Plans page for more information
New Local Plan to 2030
The New Local Plan to 2030 will update and replace all of the existing development Plan documents listed above (with the exception of the Chilmington Green Area Action Plan and Neighbourhood Plans)
This will be in place by the end of 2017 and will determine how the most sustainable and deliverable pattern of growth can be achieved in the future.
Redefining Village Confines - User Guide for Parish Councils
Following the Localism Act aims of providing local communities ways to influence the development in their area, the council has created an opportunity for villages in the borough to define the ‘confines’ of their village or main settlements as they relate to new residential development, on a map. A pilot of this scheme ran with Challock Parish Council during 2013/14 has been successful, and therefore the exercise is now being offered to other Parish Council's whose villages are identified in Policy TRS1 of the Tenterden and Rural Sites DPD as being suitable for minor development. The user guide and flow chart explain the whole process of the exercise to those that wish to know more: download Redefining Confines - PC User Guide [pdf] 846KB