Other Planning Guidance
Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) support the development plans. All matters covered in SPDs must relate to policies or proposals in the Core Strategy, DPD, AAP or a saved policy from the Local Plan 2030. Ashford has a number of adopted SPD's which are used as material considerations when assessing planning applications.
If you wish to purchase a hard copy of an SPD please see the Policy Documents Price List.
Village Design Statements are also informally adopted design guidance related to many rural settlements.
Informal design guidance notes
The council’s corporate and plan-making focus is on creating good quality homes and delivering good design through attention to all aspects of place-making. A series of Informal Guidance Notes has been produced to help ensure that applicants and designers give careful early consideration to certain areas of fine detail that are important to help achieve this objective.
The series will be added to as appropriate over time where it is considered that further guidance is necessary. The success of these Notes will be reviewed as new developments are occupied and monitored.
The notes will be taken into consideration when determining planning proposals for new homes. Proposals that are considered unsatisfactory will not be approved or recommended to the Planning Committee for approval.
Non-main foul drainage guidance
Some rural areas do not have access to mains foul drainage. A number of alternative options, such as septic tanks, package treatment plants and sealed cesspits, exist for proposed developments in these locations. Some options may generate the need for an Environment Permit from the Environment Agency (EA) which is separate from the grant of planning permission by this Council
Some non-mains foul drainage options are considered to pose a contamination risk to ground water transmitted by the sub-surface aquifer. It should not be assumed that a Permit will be forthcoming from the EA or that the Council will grant planning permission with unknown drainage arrangements and secure details by means of a planning condition. Applicants should consider appropriate drainage options as part of good site and environmental design. Options that may represent the only acceptable solution in order to obtain a necessary Permit may impact on design layout and so will need to be considered at an early stage of design development. Guidance Note 4 Non Mains Drainage For LPA [pdf] 3943KB, produced through discussion with the EA, provides further guidance on these matters.
Supplementary planning guidance
Some of the Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) that supported the Local Plan 2000 is still available below:
SPG1 - Green Corridor Action Plan 2000 is replaced by the Green Corridor Action Plan 2017 [pdf] 12295KB.
SPG8 Stables and Riding Manege has been replaced by the Stables, Arena's and Horse Related Development SPD
Other approved documents
Cheeseman's Green development brief
Front Cover [pdf] 7MB
Contents [pdf] 97KB
Chapter 1 [pdf] 411KB
Chapter 2 [pdf] 587KB
Chapter 3 [pdf] 3MB
Chapter 4 [pdf] 2MB
Chapter 5 [pdf] 762KB
Chapter 6 [pdf] 1MB
Chapter 7 [pdf] 2MB
Chapter 8 [pdf] 226KB
For further information on any of these development briefs please email email@example.com.