Major Tenterden Council Initiative To Protect The Town's Green Spaces

14th Dec 2018

A major initiative to protect Tenterden's green spaces from housing development has been given the backing of the Town Council's Planning Committee and ratified at a Special Town Council meeting.


At last night's meeting (Monday, 10 December) the committee voted to fund an initial £11,000 to establish a Selective Neighbourhood Plan (NHP) which would give the town's valuable green spaces legal protection against applications from developers.


A working group, comprising eight local residents and three Tenterden town councillors, will now gather evidence in support of an NHP, which will take up to two years to complete.


The process will include consulting with Ashford Borough Council and conclude with a local referendum.


Already backed by the town's Local Green Spaces Group and MP Damian Green, the objective is to produce an NHP which will "establish a network of valuable green spaces....with interconnecting green passageways where possible to promote the health and wellbeing of its residents, indigenous wildlife and continue to attract visitors to the town."


Said Planning Committee chairman Cllr John Crawford: "Establishing an NHP is the only viable and statutory way to protect our green spaces.


"We believe we have overwhelming support from local residents, and our working group will include those who are most passionate about protecting Tenterden's green environment."