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Local Plan 2030 'Main Changes' public consultation

What is the council consulting on?

Ashford Borough Council is consulting on Proposed 'Main Changes' to the draft Ashford Local Plan 2030 that was published in June 2016 and its supporting Sustainability Appraisal.

The council is proposing 'Main Changes' to the policies and supporting text of the Regulation 19 version of the Ashford Local Plan (published in June 2016) to address a range of issues raised during public consultation, to ensure it is up to date, reflects the latest evidence base and meets the requirements of the latest national planning policy. It is considered necessary to address these issues before the Local Plan is submitted to the Secretary of State to be examined by an independent Planning Inspector.

The consultation is focused only on the 'Main Changes'. The consultation is not an opportunity to repeat or raise further representations about other parts of the Regulation 19 draft Local Plan or to seek wider changes. All previous comments are to be retained and will be submitted to and considered by the Inspector, alongside any additional comments received. Any comments received which are not related to the Proposed 'Main Changes' will not be taken forward for consideration.

Consultation on the Proposed 'Main Changes' and the related Sustainability Appraisal Addendum will take place between midday, Friday 7 July and midnight, Thursday 31 August 2017.

What is a 'Main Change'?

'Main Changes' are changes to policies, maps and supporting paragraphs which are significant in nature and which represent a fundamental change to the way in which the policy could be interpreted. There are a number of 'Main Changes' that are completely new topic or site policies. It is therefore important that interested parties are given an opportunity to consider and respond to these changes. 'Main Changes' which are edits to 2016 Local Plan text are shown underlined for new text and deletions are struck through.

How do I make comments?

The documents relating to the 'Main Changes' to the Publication Draft (June 2016) of the Ashford Local Plan 2030 can be viewed and commented on:

If required, hard copies of the Schedule of Proposed 'Main Changes' can be purchased from Ashford Borough Council at a cost of £5 plus £3 post and packaging. Please note that copies will be printed on demand and therefore notice will be required before copies may be collected in person.

Hard copy Representation forms (comment forms) and guidance can be requested free of charge.

Who can I speak to further with regard to these 'Main Changes' proposal to the local plan?

The council are holding a number of Public Exhibitions across the borough. For more details, come along to one of the following exhibitions in the borough.

Please note: If you can’t make your nearest event the format is the same at each location so please come along to any one.

'Main Changes' Exhibition dates
Venue Date Time
Tenterden Town Hall Tues 18/07/2017 16:00 – 19:00
Hothfield Village Hall Fri 21/07/2017 16:00 – 19:00
High Halden Village Hall Tues 25/07/2017 16:00 – 19:00
Charing Village Hall Thurs 27/07/2017 16:00 – 19:00
Hamstreet Sports Pavilion Mon 31/07/2017 16:00 - 19:00
Aldington Village Hall Thurs 03/08/2017 16:00 - 19:00
Park Mall, Ashford Town Centre Tues 08/08/2017 12:00 - 14:00
Kingsnorth School Hall Wed 09/08/2017 16:30 - 19:00
Wittersham Village Hall Thurs 10/08/2017 16:30 – 19:00
Farriers Arms, Mersham Tues 15/08/2017 16:30 – 19:00
Challock Memorial Hall Wed 16/08/2017 16:00 – 19:00

Any member of the Planning Policy team at Ashford Borough Council will be able to provide further assistance regarding the content of the Local Plan and 'Main Changes'.

For further information on the Local Plan or to discuss the consultation process please contact us. You can telephone 01233 330229 or email the Planning Policy Team.

Next stages: Examination in public

Following the consultation stages outlined at the top of the page, 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 December 2017.

At an Examination in Public, an Inspector will look at the Local Plan 2030 and Main Changes, 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 during consultations you will be kept informed of the progress of the Local Plan and the Examination stages.

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

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.

Public Consultation on the Regulation 19 (draft) version of the Local Plan 2030 ran between the 15 June and 10 August 2016.

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