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New Local Plan to 2030: Ashford Borough Council

New Local Plan to 2030

Draft Local Plan 2030

Public Consultation on the Regulation 19 (draft) version of the Local Plan 2030 ran between the 15 June and 10 August 2016. The consultation is now closed but comments can be viewed using the link below.

Please do not submit views on comments made by others during the consultation to Ashford Borough Council (ABC) at this stage. There is no open consultation and these will not be recorded.

View comments made (representations) (This will take you to the consultation portal where you can view the draft plan and comments made by others).

What happens to the comments made?

The council is currently considering and preparing responses to all the comments (representations) received during the consultation period in 2016. Following a full analysis of the representations, and updated population projections published in the updated SHMA, it is likely that changes to the draft plan are needed. ABC will re-consult with stakeholders and the public on the proposed changes for a six week period, expected in Spring/Summer 2017 (exact dates to be confirmed).

What are 'omission sites'?

Following the consultation on the draft Local Plan 2030 in 2016, ABC received a number of representations from other parties relating to additional potential sites for allocation in the draft local plan. Some of these were new sites, that had not been considered previously. All sites submitted at this stage are called 'omission sites'.

Please note: These sites are not proposals for site allocations from ABC but must be assessed for suitability for allocation in the Local Plan process.

Assessment work on omission sites will follow the same process as our previous site assessments where ABC will assess suitability and sustainability of the sites.

Can I make comments on these representations and 'omission sites'?

No. At this stage these are published for information only. Please do not submit your views on representations or 'omission sites' made by others to ABC at this stage. There is no open consultation and these will not be recorded. ABC are currently undertaking analysis and site assessment work. Any changes to the draft Local Plan following this work, including if any of the 'omission sites' are to be considered for inclusion, will be available for consultation in the proposed changes consultation, expected in Spring/Summer 2017. The site assessments will be made available as background documents at this time.

Parish Councils, community forums and Ward Members will be kept informed of the process going forward and public consultation events will be held when the proposed changes consultation commences.


What is the Local Plan 2030?

Ashford Borough Council is currently preparing a new Local Plan for the borough, which sets out the land that needs to be provided in the borough to accommodate new homes and jobs up to 2030.

The new Local Plan will allocate sites for development as well as establishing planning policies and guidance to ensure local development is built in accordance with the principles of sustainable development.

Read Local Plan FAQs [pdf] 2MB.

View the draft Local Plan 2016.

Background documents and the interactive map for the draft Local Plan 2030 can be viewed by visiting Local Plan 2030 evidence base.

Next stages: Examination in Public

Following the consultation stages outlined above, the next stage in the process would be for ABC to submit the final draft of the Local Plan to the Secretary of State and Planning Inspectorate, which will commence the Examination in Public (EIP) process. This 'submission stage', is expected in late 2017.

At an Examination in Public, an Inspector will look at the Local Plan 2030,  the evidence supporting them and all comments received during the consultations and judge whether it is ‘sound ‘ in relation to the National Planning Policy Framework and whether it meets the legal requirements set out in legislation.

If you made comments on either document during consultations you will be kept informed of the progress of the Local Plan and CIL and the Examination stages.

For more information on the purpose, process and Local Plan Regulations and legislation please view the national planning practice guidance.


Contact us:

Email planningpolicy@ashford.gov.uk

Telephone: 01233 330229

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