This news page will be updated regularly throughout the Local Plan Examination process to inform participants, and other interested parties, of any new information, updates to hearings, notes from the Inspectors or documents added to the library, all in one place.

If you are interested in the Examination and hearing process, we suggest you save the link to this page and check here first for updates!

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Wednesday 14th November 2018

Friday 9th November 2018

The consultation on the Main Modifications closed on the 26th October.  The representations received during the consultation have been forwarded on to the inspectors for their consideration.

The Council is awaiting the inspectors’ responses to the Main Modifications

Thursday 13th September 2018

Following the examination hearing sessions and post hearings advice note received from the Inspectors, the Council is now consulting on Main Modifications to the Local Plan.

This consultation runs from 13th September until 5pm on 26th October 2018.

For more information and to respond to the consultation please visit the Consultation Portal https://haveyoursay.ashford.gov.uk/consult.ti/MainMods_LocalPlan/consultationHome

The consultation and supporting documents have also been added the examination documents page: https://www.ashford.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/planning-policy/local-plan-to-2030/examination-documents/

Wednesday 8th August

The post hearing advice note received following the close of the hearing sessions directs that a number of changes should be made to the Local Plan to make it 'sound'.

The Council is currently preparing a full schedule of the changes, which are known as 'Modifications'. Where the changes are significant (known as 'Main Modifications') the Council is required to consult on them publicly for six weeks. The consultation is expected to commence in September (exact date to be confirmed).

Friday 20th July

ED/29- The response to Inspectors post-hearings Advice Note (ID/10) document has now been added to the Examination Documents page.

The council has received further post hearing advice in response to ED/29 from the Inspectors, which has now been made available on the Examination Documents page under reference ID/11.

Friday 29th June

The council has received the post hearing advice note from the Inspectors, which has now been added to the Examination Documents page under reference ID/10.

The Inspectors' closing statement includes the indicative next steps of the Local Plan process and is available on the Examination Documents page under ID/8.

Thursday 28th June

ED/28- HRA of Local Plan 2030 document has now been added to the Examination Documents page.

Friday 22nd June

The Council have responded to the Inspectors further questions on Mineral Safeguarding and the document is referenced as ED/27 on the Examination Documents page.

Thursday 21st June

The Inspectors have accepted two further statements on policy S55 site. These can be found under Week 6:Issue 12 on the Hearing Agendas, Statements and Participants page.

Tuesday 19th June

The Council has formally requested that the Inspectors recommend Main Modifications that they consider necessary to enable the Local Plan to be found sound. This letter can be found as ED/26 on the Examination Documents page.

Friday 15th June

ED/21a - Schedule of responses to the S60 SA (ED/21) consultation is now available on the Examination Documents part of the website. The responses to this consultation have been included beneath ED/21a as PHF documents (PHF referring to Pope House Farm).

Thursday 14th June

ID/8 - ALP closing comments has now been added to the Examination Documents page.

ID/9 - ALP minerals questions (June 2018) has also been added to the Examination Documents page.

Monday 11th June

SD08b - June 2018 Update to Appendix 1 of the Housing Topic Paper has been added to the Submission Documents page.

Friday 8th June

ED/25 - Council response to Question 3 of ID/6 has now been uploaded to the Examination Documents page.

Thursday 7th June

ED/24 - Priory Wood pitch layout, Biddenden (S43) has now been added to the Examination Documents page.

The session agendas for the 13th June have now been added to the Hearing Agendas, Statements and Participants page.

Wednesday 6th June

ED/23 - Statement of Common Ground between ABC and KCC Minerals and Waste has been added to the Examination Documents page.

The session agendas for the 12th June have now been added to the Hearing Agendas, Statements and Participants page.

Two documents commenting further on Issue 4 (see ED/17) have been added onto the Examination Documents page.

Tuesday 5th June

ED/22 - Council response to Question 1 from ID/6 has now been added to the Examination Documents page.

Friday 1st June

A newly updated Examination Library List has been added onto the Examination Documents page.

Tuesday 29th May

Version 7 of the hearing programme has now been added to the Hearing Agendas, Statements and Participants page.

Thursday 24th May

The session agendas for the 31st May have now been uploaded to the Hearing Agendas, Statements and Participants page.

Wednesday 23rd May

ED/21 - S60 Sustainability Appraisal has now been added to the Examination Documents page.

The session agendas for the 30th May have now been uploaded to the Hearing Agendas, Statements and Participants page.

Tuesday 22nd May

ID/7 - Inspectors' update S60 has now been uploaded onto the Examination Documents page.

Wednesday 16th May

Two documents have been added to the Examination Library. An updated position on the Pound Lane Link Road as ED/19 and correspondence from Southeastern relating to railway infrastructure at Leacon Road as ED/20. Available on the Examination Documents page.

Tuesday 15th May

ID/6 - Matters arising from weeks 3 and 4 has now been uploaded to the Examination Documents page.

Monday 14th May

Amended session agendas for the 15th May PM and 16th May AM have been uploaded to the Hearing Agendas, Statements and Participants page.

Friday 11th May

Session agendas have been uploaded for the 15th, 16th and 17th May and can be found on the Hearing Agendas, Statements and Participants page.

Thursday 10th May

The morning and afternoon Session Agendas for the 15th May have been added to the Hearing Agendas, Statements and Participants page.

Tuesday 8th May

ED/18 - ABC response to Inspectors Question on NP and Strategic Policies on the Examination Documents page.

A new version of the Hearing Programme has been uploaded onto the Hearing Agendas, Statements and Participants page.

Friday 4th May

ID/5 - Inspectors' Update has now been added to the Examination Documents page.

ED/17 - Note to Inspector on matters arising from Issue 4 hearings has been added to the Examination Documents page.

GBD24 (a and b) - East Kent Growth Framework Reports have been added to the General Background Documents page.

Thursday 3rd May

ED/16 - Pound Lane Link Road position statement has been added to the Examination Documents page.

Tuesday 1st May

The original ABC/PS/11 (Proposed changes to Submission Plan - Version 1) has been relabelled as ED/15 on the Examination Documents page and removed from the ABC/PS list.

A new evidence base library list has been added to the Local Plan 2030 Evidence Base page.

Friday 27th April

ED/05a - UPDATED SoCG between Ashford and KCC Highways and Transportation has been added to the Examination Documents list.

New version of the Hearing Agenda has been uploaded onto the Hearing Agendas, Statements and Participants page.

Thursday 26th April

The most recent LDS update (2018) has now been added as GBD23 on the General Background Documents part of the evidence base.

Wednesday 25th April

The Ashford Borough Council Hearing Statements for Part 2 have all been uploaded onto the Hearing Agendas, Statements and Participants page.

ED/14 - J10a repayment schedule has been added on the Examination Documents page.

Monday 23rd April

Six new documents (five SPDs and one Air Quality Assessment) have been added under the General Background Documents library.

Wednesday 18th April

A statement of Common Ground between ABC and Taylor Wimpey SE and Persimmon Homes has been published in the Examination Documents as ED/13.

Monday 16th April

ED/04 has been updated as the Lichfield - Start to Finish report, rather than the Growth Options Report.

Thursday 12th April

Hearing Session Agendas have been published for week 2 on the Hearing Agendas, Statements and Participants page.

Following the first hearing sessions on 11th, several documents referred to in the sessions have been added to the Examination Documents.

ED/10 - ABC opening Statement to Hearings
ED/11 - ABC evidence presented to Hearing Session 1 – Additional Public Engagement details relating to Kennington/Site S2.
ED/12 - Local Development Scheme July 2014

Monday 9th April

TBD06a - February 2018 AMEY Report has now been added under TBD06 on the Transport Background Documents page.

ED/09 - Natural England - Clarity on the Habitat Regulations Assessment has now been added to the Examination Documents page.

Friday 6th April

The AM and PM Session Agendas for the first day of hearings (11th April) have now been added to the Hearing Agendas, Statements and Participants page. 

Four new Examination Documents have been added to the Examination Documents page:

  • ED/05 - Statement Of Common Ground between ABC and KCC Highways
  • ED/06 - Statement Of Common Ground between ABC and Highways England
  • ED/07 - Response to Inspector Question - Policy SP3 Employment Land Target
  • ED/08 - Junction 10a Layout

Thursday 29th March

The Inspectors have agreed to addition of two documents to the Examination Documents Library:

  • Following detail contained within the Statements of Common Ground and the Council's hearing statements all proposed and suggested changes to the Submission Version of the plan have been collated into one document (ABC/PS/11)
  • Tenterden Growth Options Study prepared by Lichfields on behalf of Wates Developments (ED/04)

Wednesday 28th March

The Hearing Agendas, Statements and Participants page has been updated and contains hearing statements submitted for Issues 1-11, and a list of attendees for each session.

ABC have updated the Housing Topic Paper (SD08) with an addendum (in response to Issue 5 Questions) which can be found on the Local Plan 2030 Evidence Base page.

Document added to Transport Background Documents regarding Junction 10a as TBD07

Monday 26th March

Statement of Common Ground between ABC and The Environment Agency published in the Examination Documents page.

The Employment Monitoring Report for 2016/17 has been added under GBD02 on the General Background Documents page.

Friday 23rd March 

Statement of Common Ground between ABC and Natural England published in the Examination Documents page.

Thursday 22nd March

Statement of Common Ground between ABC and Kent Downs AONB unit published on the Examination Documents page.

Monday 12th March

Updates have been made to the Guidance Notes and Issues and Questions Part 1 by the Inspectors. The updates are to:

  • ID/1 Guidance note Paragraph 35 - To allow Statement of Common ground for Part 2 (site related issues) to be submitted up to 18th April.
  • ID/3 - Minor admin update to document reference under Issue 1 (i)

These updated documents can be viewed on the Examination Documents page.

Friday 2nd March

Updates have been made to the Guidance Notes and Issues and Questions by the Inspectors. The updates are to:

  • Paragraph 19 of the guidance note (ID/1)
  • Question (i) of Issue 4 and question (xiii) of Issue 10 of the Issues and Questions Part 1 (ID/3)
  • Questions raised under Issue 12 of the Issues and Questions Part 2 (ID/4) to clarify that responses are invited only from the Council

These updated documents can be viewed on the Examination Documents page.

Tuesday 27th February

In the guidance note, the Inspectors request that parties use their 'representor number' on correspondence. This ID is different to the representation numbers given to your comments. The list below contains a full list of representors, with individual ID numbers assigned. The list in in alphabetical order using the full name provided to us. (This may be first name, last name or organisation name). You can use the 'find' tool under the 'edit' menu, to search for your name.

Wednesday 21st February

The Inspectors' have published the Hearing programme - view Hearing Agendas, Statements and Participants

The Inspectors' have published detailed Guidance notes for Participants on the Examination Process and their Issues and Questions - View them all in Examination Documents

This information will be directly communicated to respondents who have made representations on the Local Plan by the Programme Officer. View a copy of the Programme Officer's letter here.