Tilden Gill Homes Plan Deferred Following Objections From Tenterden Town Council

14th Dec 2018

Plans to build 100 new homes at Tilden Gill have been delayed for developers Redrow to make improvements to the site's design.


That was the result of a meeting of Ashford Borough Council's (ABC) planning committee on Wednesday (12 December), which was expected to approve the plans.


The meeting heard from Cllrs Paul Clokie and Callum Knowles - who sit on both ABC and Tenterden Town Councils (TTC) - and Cllr John Crawford, chairman of TTC's planning committee.


Lodging TTC's formal objections to the site layout, Cllr Crawford said that the existing proposals failed to include an ecological buffer zone, as it is close an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB); and the siting of three-storey blocks of affordable flats, also adjacent to the AONB.


Cllr Crawford stressed that while TTC supported the affordable flats, the issue was their location in relation to the AONB.


He also expressed the council's "disappointment" at the lack of consultation by Redrow, and requested that the developer's revised plans should be presented to TTC for feedback.


"It is our objective that we have a healthy working relationship with Redrow throughout the design and construction phases. Today would be a good start".


ABC voted unanimously to defer a final decision the development until proposals to improve the site's layout had been submitted.