ABC comment before the 2 May on Neighbourhood plan area for Boughton Aluph and Eastwell

Dear All,

I am forwarding this alert to you all it was generated by one of our committee members – Norma Devereese to her contacts in the Sandyhurst Lane Residents Association, so please forgive me if there is some duplication, but this is such an important topic for all in the area. 

Hopefully you will be aware of the many housing development applications that have been submitted to Ashford BC for consideration to be included in their local plan for 2030.

In an effort to try & maintain some control of what is approved for our local area, the Parish Council has applied to Ashford BC for Boughton Aluph and Eastwell to be designated a Neighbourhood Area. A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led framework for guiding the future development, regeneration and conservation of an area. A Neighbourhood Plan is about the use and development of land and may contain a vision, aims, planning policies, proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities, or allocation of key sites for specific types of development.

A Neighbourhood Plan will be part of the statutory development plan for the area, if successful at referendum. This statutory status gives Neighbourhood Plans far more weight than some local documents, such as Parish Plans, Community Plans and Village Design Statements.

In essence:
Whilst a Neighbourhood Plan cannot be used to prevent development it can:
Decide where and what type of development should happen in the neighbourhood
Include policies, e.g. regarding design standards, that take precedence over existing policies

Ashford BC have a responsibility to publish the consultation but unless you manage to see a poster, review their website or find it in a local press release you are unlikely to be aware of anything.

This is an important opportunity for you to engage in the process generally and I would urge you to take a look at the attached link and respond before the end of the consultation period, 2nd May. Following which, they will make the decision on whether to grant neighbourhood status to the parish. or you can also e-mail your comments to:, or even write to them at the Civic Centre at Tannery Lane, whichever method you use, please do comment before 2nd May.

Kind regards

Elspeth Watt
Secretary BA&ERA

Official Launch: Neighbourhood Watch Scheme Iron Room 7.30pm on Tuesday 17th June 2014.



       Neighbourhood Watch Scheme



We are delighted to announce the official launch of our Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. You are cordially invited to a meeting at the


A presentation will be made on behalf of the regional co-ordinator of Neighbourhood Watch explaining fully what is involved and there will be a question and answer session to make sure that you are fully informed.


Please bear in mind that there are three phases to the scheme:


Firstly to receive information from the local Police about local incidents, which may be useful in protecting you and your property.


Second, to provide you with a communication channel which will advise all other residents about something which has concerned you. This is, in no way a substitute for a 999 or 101 call, but, in the event of a serious problem does enable you to spread the word quickly – which may in turn help find witnesses etc.  It also allows other residents to be informed about minor items such as scams, uninvited salesmen etc. which would not normally be reported to the Police.


Thirdly, there is a social dimension to the scheme, looking out for elderly residents, persons who live alone, the disabled – anti social behaviour including, for example prohibited vehicles still using Wye Road. These are subjects which can be discussed in greater detail but which enables the scheme to broaden its base considerably.


At the end of the meeting we also plan to update you on the proposal to create a Neighbourhood Plan and our team will be available to answer any of your questions. Looking forward to seeing you on

17th June 7.30pm

Why we need a Neighbourhood Plan..

Why we need a Neighbourhood Plan

Central Government’s National Policy Framework says local authorities need to look 15 years ahead and plan for their likely housing and employment requirements.   In connection with this the Parish Council had formally asked ABC  for Boughton Aluph and Eastwell to be  designated as a ‘Neighbourhood Area’, which when granted will allow us a greater say in planning decisions that affect our area.  The  Council has this application logged on their website to accept public comments before the cut off date in early May.  A sub-committee has been established by the Parish Council, which has members of our association on it,  which will work closely with other residents to try to ensure that local views and opinions are adequately reflected in relation to necessary future developments whilst retaining the character of the area.  


The Kentish Express for the week ending 11th April published lists of submissions received so far from local landowners.  Whilst these are expressions of interest only, and perhaps many will not progress further to a planning stage, there are some that have the potential to impact directly or indirectly on this area.  The proposals for parts of Kennington, Sandyhurst Lane and Westwell have substantial numbers of houses and if only a few get the go ahead the could cause a significant increased in pressures on roads, water supply, schools and medical facilities.


We will shortly be circulating a questionnaire asking residents what they like about living in Boughton Aluph and Eastwell and what they feel about future developments.  This will provide a vital opportunity to engage with the process that will which form part of Ashford’s plans up to 2030,  ensuring that the views of both the rural and urban parts of the borough are taken into account, we urge you to get involved.   Some development has to occur but it needs to be appropriate.

Secretary BA&ERA