The Boughton Aluph and Eastwell Resident’s Association
To: Simon Cole, Planning and Development, Ashford Borough Council
From: Alan Vaughan, Chairman
Hello Simon, I trust that you are well.
Re: Kennington Sites and the Local Plan
On behalf of the Association’s members I write to express our grave concerns regarding suggestions in the press and elsewhere that land at the so-called “Large Burton sites, Kennington” might be identified as potential development sites in the soon-to-be-published Local Plan 2030.
In addition to the recent refusal by the Planning Inspectorate to permit development on Kennington land for reasons which still pertain the Association recognises that there is no strategic imperative to develop these sites in preference to other sites in the Borough.
The National Planning Policy Framework clearly states: ”Local planning authorities should take into account the economic and other benefits of the best and most versatile agricultural land” which of course this is, and that “Where significant development of agricultural land is demonstrated to be necessary local planning authorities should seek to use areas of poorer quality land in preference to that of a higher quality.”
For the avoidance of doubt, it is my duty to advise you of our absolute and unconditional objection to the inclusion of these and any such sites (for potential development) in the Local Plan to 2030.
I would be very grateful, Simon, if you would kindly convey the contents of this email to all Councillors.
With Sincere Regards,
Alan Vaughan, Chairman, The Boughton Aluph and Eastwell Resident’s Association