Selective Neighbourhood Plan
PROGRESS WITH THE NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN - 18TH SEPTEMBER 2019 UPDATE
Excellent progress has been made recently towards identifying those green sites in Tenterden considered sufficiently important to the community for their recreational facilities, their tranquillity, beauty, historical importance, the preservation of their wildlife or to the character of the town to be worthy of ‘Local Green Space’ statutory protection – with further policies to be considered within the Plan for the protection of our wider landscape, for footpaths and bridle ways, road verges and green space within developments.
A public consultation event to which all residents, stakeholders and landowners will be welcomed, is to be held in St Mildreds Church on Saturday 2nd November, involving an exhibition of maps and photographs, morning and afternoon presentations and opportunities for all to contribute or comment throughout the day. This is to be your plan for your town, so please do put the date in your diary and make time to come and have your say.
Amongst a number of green sites under consideration are those which are already or may be subject to planning applications in the future, including those for a luxury care home, 23 assisted living units, 16 cottages and 7 flats on the fields to the north of Westwell Court and across the AB20 public footpath. The 2017 application for that site (17/00708/AS) has recently had 24 new plans and documents added to the ABC planning portal for public consideration prior to a planning decision. If you wish comment on, support or object to the revised application now is the time to do so; once you have clicked on the link, there are tabs on the portal to view the plans and documents or make a comment.
SELECTIVE NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN STEERING COMMITTEE MEETINGS
TENTERDEN GOES GREEN
WITH THE LAUNCH NEXT WEEK OF ITS NEW
GREEN NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN!
In a series of presentations in St Mildred’s Church on May 7th, May 8th and Saturday May 11th the programme for an historic Neighbourhood Plan to protect Tenterden’s vital green spaces will be unveiled to residents, shopkeepers, landowners and local organisations.
A newly formed Steering Committee of local residents and Town Councillors, with professional guidance from Community Planner, Jim Boot, will be presenting the programme for the selective Neighbourhood Plan, agreed by the Town Council in November 2018 and in March of this year by Ashford Borough Council, following an application for Neighbourhood Area designation.
The launch events in St Mildred’s Church, timed on three separate days to suit as many Tenterden, St Michaels and Smallhythe residents as possible, will be attended by local MP, Damian Green, and Ashford Borough Council’s Head of Planning Policy, Simon Cole, and introduced by Town Councillor, John Crawford. Richard Masefield will emphasise the importance of green space to the community and its wildlife, local Community Planner, Jim Boot, will explain the Neighbourhood Planning process and the statutory protection it offers, with time afterwards for questions and answers and to enjoy the refreshments provided.
Displays in the church will be mounted by residents already involved in defining the green spaces most in need of protection, recording wildlife, exploring footpaths and bridleways and evaluating the town’s wider landscape – with opportunities for anyone who is interested to become involved with their working groups, or to join the Steering Committee which has been formed to oversee the Plan.
The initiative to protect Tenterden’s green space began in January of 2017 when a resident stood in front of a would-be developer’s tractor to prevent it cutting undergrowth from a protected badger sett close to the town. In May of last year a Local Green Space Group was formed, resulting in the recommendation for a long-overdue Neighbourhood Plan for the town, which was unanimously approved by 180 or so residents at a presentation in the Town Hall at the end of September, and two months later by the Town Council.
Prior to the launch of the Neighbourhood Plan next week, a major publicity campaign has been mounted, involving all the social media, the distribution of more than 5000 leaflets door-to-door and through the schools, with posters mounted in key sites around the town.
The message to residents, shopkeepers, local organisations and visitors is clear:
PLEASE ATTEND THIS IMPORTANT MEETING – ALL ARE WELCOME!
Alternative event times in St Mildred’s Church –
Tue. 7th May at 2.00pm, Wed. 8th May at 7.00pm, Sat. 11th May at 11.00am
April 2019 - Launch meetings announced.....
14th March 2019
Designation Notice of a Neighbourhood Area can be found here
A copy of the Neighbourhood Area Designation Application Report can be found here
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANNING (GENERAL) REGULATIONS 2012
DESIGNATION OF A NEIGHBOURHOOD AREA, TENTERDEN
Notice is given that an application has been made by Tenterden Parish (Town) Council for designation of a Neighbourhood Area. The purpose of the application is to enable the Parish (Town) Council to undertake neighbourhood planning, and in particular to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan. The area requested to be designated is the entire Parish of Tenterden, as shown on the map attached.
A copy of the full application and map can be viewed via the online Consultation Portal at www.ashford.gov.uk/consult and is available to view in hard copy in the Civic Centre Main reception, Tannery Lane – 8.30am – 5pm (Monday to Friday) or; Tenterden Gateway, 2 Manor Row High Street – 9am-5.30pm (Monday to Friday) 9am-4pm (Saturday) or; Tenterden Town Hall - 9am - 3pm (Monday to Friday).
If you wish to make a representation on this request please do so by Midday on 22nd February 2019.
Alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or send written representations by post to Tenterden Neighbourhood Area, Planning Policy, Ashford Borough Council, Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1PL.
Publication of requests to designate a Neighbourhood Area is a requirement of Section 5 – 7 of Town and Country Planning England Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.
PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR A PDF COPY OF THE NOTICE AND MAP