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.