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Land Between Woodchurch Road & Appledore Road Development

The Town Council will keep this page on the website updated as new information comes through regarding the Vistry Homes development, located between Woodchurch Road and Appledore Road.  To view the full planning application approved by the Planning Inspector, this can be found on Ashford Borough Council's Planning Portal - Application No. 21/00790/AS.


Please see below for the drop down menus regarding the pre-planning application, Open Space & Sports Facilities, and the Vistry Homes (Tenterden) Steering Committee minutes.

23rd October 2023 update:

Following submission of the documentation below by Vistry Homes as part of the pre-application process managed by Ashford Borough Council, the Town Council is inviting residents to submit any comments regarding the documentation to us for collation.  Please ensure you read both the Town Council’s comments and Tenterden Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group’s comments to avoid repetition.

Comments should be submitted to:  dtc@tenterdentowncouncil.gov.uk by Friday, 3rd November 2023 in readiness for the Pre-application meeting w/c 6th November 2023.


27th October 2023 - additional information located on the Ashford Planning Portal:

Ecological Management Plans (Decision made) Please note that these discharge of conditions only relate to the Country Park & Sports Provision element of the site.

Ground Appraisal Documents (Consultation open - comments should be uploaded directly onto the planning portal)


15th November 2023 update:

Notes from the Pre-Planning Application meeting held on 7th November 2023.


Tenterden Town Council will be meeting with Ashford Borough Council & Vistry Homes in November 2023 to look at and discuss the submitted pre-planning application.  The following list of documentation will be discussed; the comments submitted so far by the Town Council and Tenterden Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group are also listed.

On 20th October 2023, Vistry Homes submitted a Design & Access Statement to be read before the meeting in November:  Design & Access Statement.

9th November 2023 update

In preparation for the pre-application meeting with ABC & Vistry Homes on 7th November 2023, two sets of comments were forwarded in advance to all parties for consideration.  These two packs included further comments from the above groups, but also from individual residents.

Pack 1 - comments collated up to 26th October 2023

Pack 2 - comments collated up to 6th November 2023

Pack 3 - additional comments from Mr. Poole 10th November 2023

The Town Council was invited to and has agreed to submit an expression of interest in assuming responsibility for the sports and open space facilities on the development.  A detailed business plan will be drawn up to understand the implications and feasibility of assuming this role, including the resources, knowledge and expertise that would be needed to deliver and run the facilities. Only once this stage is complete will the council be able to decide whether to proceed.  

The facilities are subject to contribution of a commuted Maintenance Sum from the developer, as set out in the Section 106 Agreement: Country Park – £583,921.20 and Sports Pitches – £283,050 and Pavilion Building & Car Park– £84,753. It is anticipated that these figures will be subject to an inflationary uplift. 


Cllr. Kayleigh Brunger-Randall (Tenterden Town Council) 

Cllr. Mike Carter (Tenterden Town Council) 

Cllr. Ken Mulholland (Ashford Borough Councillor representing North Ward) 

Cllr. Pam Smith (Ashford Borough Councillor representing South Ward) 

Mark Davies (Ashford Borough Council) 

Cllr. Mike Hill (Kent County Council) 

Siggi Nepp (Tenterden Neighbourhood Plan/Tenterden Wildlife/Tenterden & District Residents Association) 

Mark Ellender (Tenterden Community Land Trust) 

John Crawford (Tenterden Climate Action Group) 

Albert Poole (Limes Land Protection Group)  

Lance Hopley (Tenterden & District Chamber of Commerce)


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