The currently adopted Development Plan for Ashford Borough is contained within a collection of documents formerly known as a 'Local Development Framework (LDF)'. The main adopted development plan for the whole Borough is the Core Strategy 2008. There are additional documents which sit under this, which relate to particular areas (Town, Urban and Rural) and these are known as Development Plan Documents (DPDs) and Area Action Plans (AAPs).

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) (and some retained SPG) also provide additional policy guidance and these are geographical or issue specific. There is also informal design guidance within this section.

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 which are used to determine all planning applications.

Both the Wye and Pluckley Neighbourhood Plans have been formally 'made' and therefore become part of the development plan, and will be used in decision making for those parishes.

Read further information on the wider role of Planning Policy and the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

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 as well as containing policies which will be used to determine applications. 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/settlements across the borough. The DPD also covers a range of policies that deal with rural planning issues and will be used to determine planning applications in those areas. 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

View supporting and background documents to the adopted development plans on this page: Planning Policy Evidence Base

Borough Local Plan 2000 Saved Policies

The previous Borough Local Plan (2000) has now been largely superseded by the plans contained in the documents 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 and SPG that remain in force for decision making on applications.

Policies Map

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 along with informal design guidance which are used as material planning considerations when assessing planning applications.

View Adopted Supplementary Planning Documents 

Neighbourhood Plans

Both the Wye Neighbourhood Plan and Pluckley Neighbourhood Plan have been formally 'made' (adopted) by the council, and now form part of the Development Plan for each Parish. Policies within them 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

Local Plan to 2030

The Local Plan to 2030, once adopted 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).