Tenterden Neighbourhood Plan

Referendum - Thursday 15 August

The Referendum for the Tenterden Neighbourhood Plan is scheduled for Thursday 15 August 2024.

Information about the referendum, including the Information Statement is available to view by accessing the following documents.

Tenterden Neighbourhood Plan Referendum Information Statement [pdf] 164KB

Regulation 18 - Council's Decision Statement

Ashford Borough Council has now considered the contents of the Examiner’s Report and have prepared a Decision Statement setting out the actions to be taken in response to the recommendations of the Examiner.

The Decision Statement confirms that the Tenterden Neighbourhood Plan, with modifications, can proceed to referendum.

Regulation 18 Decision Statement - Tenterden Neighbourhood Plan [pdf] 262KB

Regulation 18 Public Notice - Tenterden Neighbourhood Plan [pdf] 137KB

Independent Examination of the Neighbourhood Plan

Ashford Borough Council appointed Mr. Derek Stebbing B.A. (Hons), Dip. E.P., MRTPI as the Independent Examiner of the review of the Tenterden Neighbourhood Plan in December 2023.  The Examination commenced on 14 December 2023.

The Independent Examination has now been completed.  The Council received the Examiner's report on 25 April 2024.  The Examiner's report recommended that the Tenterden Neighbourhood Plan has been duly prepared in compliance with the procedural requirements and that the Plan, subject to a number of modifications (set out in Appendix 1 of the Examiner's report below), meets the Basic Conditions and should proceed to referendum.

View the Examiner's report of the Tenterden Neighbourhood Plan [pdf] 436KB 

Under Regulation 18 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended), Ashford Borough Council has a duty to respond to the Examiner's report and the proposed modifications within it, in a formal 'Decision Statement' to indicate whether they agree to the Examiner's recommendations and if the plan will progress to public referendum within the parish.   A copy of the Regulation 18 Decision Statement is located in the section above.

Examination Documents

The Examiner has set out the procedural matters for how the Examination will progress, and asked some questions of the Qualifying body and the Council in correspondence dated 16 January 2024.  

View the Examiner's Procedural Matters and Questions [pdf] 229KB

Tenterden Town Council Response to Examiner's Questions

View the response from Tenterden Town Council to the Examiner's questions [pdf] 13335KB

Additional documents submitted by Tenterden Town Council

Historic Landscape Assessment [pdf] 7170KB

Historic Routeways AONB Map [pdf] 312KB

ABC response to Examiner's Questions

View the response from Ashford Borough Council to the Examiner's questions [pdf] 308KB

Comments on Tenterden Town Council's response to Examiner's Questions 

View the comments received on Tenterden Town Council's response to the Examiner's Questions [pdf] 52KB

Consultation on submission Neighbourhood Plan (Regulation 16)

Tenterden Town Council submitted their Neighbourhood Plan to Ashford Borough Council.  A consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan started on 11 August 2023 and ran until 5pm on 6 October 2023.

The consultation has now closed.

Following the consultation, the Neighbourhood Plan will progress to an Independent Examination.

If you wish to view the plan and the supporting documentation, please view the Neighbourhood Plan via our online consultation portal.

Pre-submission consultation (Regulation 14)

Tenterden Town Council held an eight week consultation on the pre-submission draft Neighbourhood Plan (June 2021).

The consultation closed on 18 August 2021.

Area Designation

Following the consultation, Tenterden is now a designated neighbourhood area. This has been approved in accordance with section 61G of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

The Area Designation for Tenterden is included in the key documents set out below:

Designation Notice Tenterden [pdf] 285 KB

Tenterden Neighbourhood Area Designation Report [pdf] 642KB