The Tenterden and Rural Sites Development Plan Document (DPD) forms part of the Ashford’s local development plan and deals primarily with the allocation of residential development in Tenterden and other rural settlements/countryside. The DPD also covers a range of policies that deal with rural planning issues.
The Tenterden and Rural Sites Development Plan Document (DPD) [pdf] 10MB (adopted by the council on the 21st October 2010)
The approach taken to defining settlement confines in the Borough is a written definition, rather than a boundary line drawn on a map. This is considered a more flexible approach to assessing windfall developments, particularly given the number of settlements within the Borough and given that the built-up confines may change over time in response to development coming forward.
The current settlement confines boundary definition in the Tenterden and Rural Sites DPD is:
“the 'built-up confines' of the settlement is defined as 'the limits of continuous and contiguous development forming the existing built up area of the settlement, excluding any curtilage beyond the built footprint of the buildings on the site (e.g garden areas)'. This definition may, however, include sites suitable for 'infilling' which is the completion of an otherwise substantially built-up frontage by the filling of a narrow gap, usually capable of taking one or two dwellings only.” (located on page 72 para 7.8)
This definition has also been taken forward into the submission draft Local Plan within the Policy HOU3a section.
Village Confines Exercise - Challock
Following the Localism Act aims of providing local communities ways to influence the development in their area, the council has created an opportunity for villages in the borough to define the 'confines' of their village or main settlements as they relate to new residential development, on a map. A pilot of this scheme ran with Challock Parish Council during 2013/14 has been successful, and therefore the exercise is now being offered to other Parish Council's whose villages are identified in Policy TRS1 of the Tenterden and Rural Sites DPD as being suitable for minor development. At present, no other parishes have adopted this confines exercise.
The user guide and flow chart explain the whole process of the Challock exercise to those that wish to know more: Redefining Confines - PC User Guide [pdf] 846KB
The work on the Tenterden Southern Extension (TENT1) is ongoing. A masterplan has been produced. Tenterden Town Council have a webpage dedicated to the proposal where you can find more information: www.tenterdentowncouncil.gov.uk.
There are a number of evidence base background documents to this plan, most of which can be found on the Planning Policy Evidence Base page.