Planning Policy

Planning Policy Team: an overview

The Planning Policy team prepares Development Plan Documents. These are documents which set out the strategic priorities for development of the borough, including land allocations and policies which cover issues such as housing, employment, community, environment and heritage. These planning policies are used by the council when determining planning applications or enforcing unauthorised development.

At present these policies are contained within the Local Plan to 2030 and other adopted development plan documents. They also produce planning guidance through supplementary planning documents and other informal advice documents.

National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

The national process and guidance for the planning system is called the National Planning Policy Framework. This sets out what Local Plans and other planning policy documents need to achieve.

Visit the Communities and Local Government website for further information about the NPPF and the national planning system.

Neighbourhood planning

A Neighbourhood Plan covers a geographic area and can be taken forward by town and parish councils or 'neighbourhood forums'. A Neighbourhood Plan, if approved, becomes part of the statutory development plan for that area and will be used in determining planning applications. Several parishes in the borough have started the process, with some adopted already. See Neighbourhood Plans for more information.

Policy Team monitoring and development updates

The Policy Team also monitor the production of the plans they produce, and the policies contained within them.  This is recorded in an annual report called the Authority Monitoring Report. This report also provides information on the demographic structure, the growth of housing and employment and covers issues such as transport, environment, community facilities, duty to co-operate and public consultation.

The Policy Team produces an annual Development Update that provides the latest information on planning applications and approvals on major developments taking place in Ashford.

Contact the Planning Policy Team

The Planning Policy team can offer general planning policy guidance. They can also provide advice on Local Plan site discussions – see Planning Policy advice page.

Telephone: 01233 330229
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