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Play Area Vandalism at Moat Park Friday 19th May

Posted by on May 20, 2017 in Latest News | Comments Off on Play Area Vandalism at Moat Park Friday 19th May

Once again our children’s play equipment has been vandalised with an arson attack on a climbing apparatus in Moat Park which is situated at the junction of Bluebell Road and Sheepfold Lane, Park Farm, the apparatus was located on the eastern side of the moat.

The incident occurred on Friday 19 May 2017 between 2100 – 2230 hours. You will be pleased to know that the police have a witness who took the registration number of a car seen speeding away from the scene. Any further information leading to the arrest of the culprits would be grateful received and should be reported to the police on Tel: 101 and quote Crime Ref: ZY/20370/17.

Please protect our community from Anti-Social Behaviour by reporting ALL incidents, no matter how small by using the REPORT IT function on the Ashford Borough Council Website: http://www.ashford.gov.uk/report and / or by phone to the Police on 101.

Bridgefield Park Planning Approved

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Featured, Latest News | Comments Off on Bridgefield Park Planning Approved

Bridgefield Park Planning Approved

Ashford Borough Council Cultural Projects team is delighted that the council’s planning committee has accepted and agreed on the park proposed at Bridgefield. The aim is to have the park available for all ages opened during the course of this year. Further details on the park will follow once a contractor to carry out the works has been agreed.

For Bridgefield Phase 2 Residents

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Latest News | Comments Off on For Bridgefield Phase 2 Residents

If you have a maintenance contract with Chamonix you might like to know they are holding an open meeting at the Kingsnorth Primary School, on Wednesday 15th March 18:30-19:30.

This is to inform you in case you didn’t receive the letter through the post.

Bridgefield Update / Councillor Vacancy

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Latest News | Comments Off on Bridgefield Update / Councillor Vacancy

Dear Residents,

In a recent article in the Kentish Express a resident at Bridgefield incorrectly implied that Bridgefield residents do not have any direct representation on the Parish Council.

Bridgefield falls within the village ward so have the same level of representation as any other resident within that ward & two current members of the Parish Council live in Bridgefield and a former member of the Parish Council lives in Bridgefield.

Bridgefield also has a Borough and County Council representative as well as a local MP.

Topics relating to Bridgefield have dominated discussions at the Parish Council’s annual forums and unlike other parts of the Parish residents have received newsletters, surveys and updates on plans for Bridgefield.

Clearly for some residents this is not enough but as Parish Councillors are volunteers, 9 members representing over 11,500 residents and we have to work within our means.

We still have a vacancy in the Brisley Farm Ward but as no one has come forward to take on this role this places additional pressure on the other Members.

If you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor, please contact the Parish Clerk, Len Bunn, for further details.

Parish Councils are an arm of Local Government and there is a requirement for Parish Councils to provide allotments for residents where there is an identified need. Kingsnorth Parish Council has an allotment waiting list so they are duty bound to identify suitable sites to meet this demand.

Sites across the Parish have been identified and dismissed for a variety of reasons but we continue to identify and evaluate opportunities as and when they arise and Bridgefield is one such opportunity.

Best regards

Alison

Chairman Kingsnorth Parish Council

Transforming health and social care in Kent and Medway

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Latest News | Comments Off on Transforming health and social care in Kent and Medway

Today (23 November 2016) NHS, social care and public health leaders in Kent and Medway launch our draft Health and Social Care Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) that sets out how we think services need to change over the next five years to achieve the right care for people for decades to come.

A work in progress, it focuses on improving:

  • prevention of ill-health
  • local care – giving better access to care and support in people’s own communities
  • hospital care
  • mental health care.

To find out more, please read the attached summary document, Transforming health and social care in Kent and Medway, which sets out more about what we want to achieve and our areas of focus. The full draft plan, a set of frequently asked questions, and a glossary are on all the CCG websites. Over coming months, the websites will also have information about engagement events and other ways that people can make their voices heard.

There is a survey for the public – Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Plan survey

www.ashfordccg.nhs.uk Ashford, Tenterden and rural area

www.canterburycoastalccg.nhs.uk Canterbury, Faversham, Herne Bay, Sandwich and Ash, Whitstable

www.dartfordgraveshamswanleyccg.nhs.uk the boroughs of Dartford and Gravesham and the northern part of Sevenoaks district including Swanley town

www.medwayccg.nhs.uk Medway Council area

www.southkentcoastccg.nhs.uk Deal, Dover and the district of Shepway, including Folkestone and Romney Marsh

www.swaleccg.nhs.uk Sittingbourne, Sheppey and surrounding villages

www.thanetccg.nhs.uk the district of Thanet

www.westkentccg.nhs.uk the boroughs of Maidstone, Tonbridge and Malling and Tunbridge Wells, and the southern part of Sevenoaks district.

Design proposals for Bridgefield Park – Questionnaire

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Latest News | Comments Off on Design proposals for Bridgefield Park – Questionnaire

Design proposals for Bridgefield Park – Questionnaire

Please view or download the design proposals for Bridgefield Park here;
To view, click here.

To download:

We want to know what you think of them and would be very grateful if you could fill out the short questionnaire below. Alternatively download a paper copy of the questionnaire, complete it and send it to Bethany Gale, BDP, 16 Brewhouse Yard, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4LJ;



Questions:

If you are interested in getting involved in the project moving forward please let us know your name and email address below. Your details will not be passed to any third party and your answers will be treated in confidence.

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First Name

Last Name

Email Address (required)

1. Please tell us your thoughts on the overall layout and character areas

2. Please tell us your thoughts on the proposed functions and activities

3. Do you have any other general comments?

4. Are you interested either now, or in the future, being involved in a community garden or having a place to grow food?

We want to hear views from people of all ages – please could you fill out the boxes below?

Age:

Gender:

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Bridgefield Recreation Area Update

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Featured, Latest News | Comments Off on Bridgefield Recreation Area Update

Bridgefield Recreation Area Update
Ashford Borough Council has appointed the landscape architects BDP to undertake the master planning, design and delivery of the recreation area at Bridgefield. They will be arranging a series of consultation events which we will promote on our website and Face book page. See Latest News for full information.

Dear Residents,

Ashford Borough Council has appointed the landscape architects BDP to undertake the master planning, design and delivery of the recreation area at Bridgefield. They will be arranging a series of consultation events which we will promote on our website and Face book page.

A copy of their draft proposal (produced last year by Ashford Borough Council which BDP are using as a starting point to gain the communities views) is attached in the PDF document.

In preparation for this phase of the project the parish council invited residents to join a focus group and produced a list of frequently asked questions with answers to help set the scene.

Attached are the question and answers and the summary of responses from the focus group

For background information a copy of an earlier briefing to residents is also attached.

To meet the deadline of the recreation area be open for use by the end of next summer a lot has to be done now so please check in for updates on dates and events.

Regards,

Alison

Update: 30/11/2016

It was stated in the Kentish Express on the 24th November 2016 that the proposed Park at Bridgefield would be building a community building in the park and would be having a naming competition and further consultations. Ashford Borough Council have written to the newspaper, to be included in the 1st December 2016 edition, the actual up to date facts and that is that the park will not include a community building. The Kentish Express newspaper in fact referred to a report released in 2013.

BDP the Consultants and Project Management Company have now submitted, on behalf of Ashford Borough Council, a planning application which will now be considered at the February 2017 Committee to ensure that the works can be completed on time. The application is including the infrastructure (a bridge, paths…) and play areas for all ages and abilities.

The consultation, carried out by BDP, showed the majority of residents were in favour of the proposed features and it is hoped that the park will be open at some point in the summer 2017. The application can now be viewed on ABC’s planning portal and any comments regarding this application should be forwarded to BDP & ABC.

The Parish Council are working closely with the council on this work and will update this page in due course.

Bridgefield Q&A

Q) Why have the original plans for the recreation area changed?
A) The ground conditions were not suitable for football and the funding insufficient to cover the costs of a fit for purpose community building.


Q) What has the funding allocated to the recreation area been used for?
A) The multi-use games area (MUGA) has been constructed on the playing fields in the centre of Kingsnorth village adjacent to Kingsnorth School as the ground conditions were suitable and the facilities used by the school during term time which will provide an income stream to help cover the costs of the ongoing management and maintenance of the facility.

Access to this facility, including from Bridgefield, will be enhanced by improved footpaths connecting existing footpaths and bridle paths which are funded from another budget.
The remaining funding will be spent on the recreation area.

A community building will be constructed at Finberry which is close to Bridgefield and will have better infrastructure but no Bridgefield funding will be spent on this as this is part of the Finberry development.


Q) Why has it taken so long to develop the recreation area?
A) Funding for the area is provided by the developer by way of section 106 funding. This is paid when the development reaches a defined occupation level; due to the recession development was put on hold which delayed this process.

The original proposals date back to when the planning application for the whole estate was approved which is prior to the soil conditions being surveyed and costs of construction known in more detail.

Each development is progressed in isolation as there can be a long delay in a scheme being approved and then developed out. Taking time out to reflect on connectivity between new and existing facilities is important to ensure we get an even and balanced spread of community infrastructure that is sustainable.

The original 106 agreement was renegotiated and following a consultation exercise with residents and local school children a proposal to develop more informal recreation facilities developed.


Q) Why are the original plans for the Recreation Area still shown on the plans in the sales office?
A) Until planning approval has been granted for a revised scheme the original proposal is all they can show even though the 106 agreement has been changed.


Q) Why is Kingsnorth Parish Council involved in the consultation process?
A) Parish councils are the first tier of local government and are the representative forum for local residents in the area and will automatically be consulted on planning and the provision of community facilities.

Also the presumption is that KPC will take over the ongoing management and maintenance of the recreation area, funded by the parish precept, which is paid for by all residents of Kingsnorth parish. It is important therefore that the facilities proposed represent value for money and meet the needs of a new and evolving community and complement and enhance existing facilities across the Parish.


Q) When did the consultation process start and what was the outcome.
A) ABC held a consultation event back in 2012.


Q) What happens next?
A) ABC have pulled together all the ideas from the consultation exercise, the wish list from the Parish Council , undertaken environmental surveys, tested soil condition and consulted with key agencies like Highways and the Environment Agency and put together some ideas based on what is practical and sustainable.

The precise location of these elements could vary but their initial position represents the best use of the site in terms of access and soil condition.

To ensure the management and maintenance of the site is sustainable ABC have identified potential community groups, e.g. Scouts and Brownies, that could have a base on the site and share in its upkeep.

As there are few trees on the site a community orchard has been proposed which would include traditional heritage trees, similar to the orchard planted behind the Church. ABC have also included a community garden so that young people in particular can learn more about where food comes from and provide an opportunity for residents to socialise and learn from one another.

Another suggestion is a “trim trail” around the site which may allow year-round access to the site.

The Parish council has requested the inclusion of some allotments, linked to the community garden as there is a waiting list in the parish for allotments. Unfortunately the s106 monies cannot be used for allotments but alternative funding sources may be available.

All these facilities have been grouped together so they can share the required infrastructure and the appropriate security and access arrangements put in place.
The site is 9.3 hectares, 24.75 acres and can comfortably accommodate a range of activities.

Feedback from the Bridgefield Residents Focus Group re Recreation Area 2016

  • Why have the original plans for the Recreation area changed?
  • Why are the original plans still being shown in the sales office?
  • Why has funding allocated to the recreation area been spent elsewhere e.g. The Multi Use Games Area on the Kingsnorth Playing Field?
  • How much did this cost and how much is left in the budget?
  • Bridgefield need its own community building from which activities can take place, what are the options based on the funding available?
  • Where does the funding come from and are there limitations on what it can be spent on?
  • What was the outcome of the consultation process undertaken by Ashford Borough Council in 2012?
  • What is the size of the whole site?
  • What limitations on usage are there based on soil conditions and site orientation/access?
  • Is the site suitable for an informal kick about area?
  • The site is in a semi-rural location which needs to be maintained yet accessible how is that best achieved?
  • What age group will the facilities be targeted at?
  • Will the area be zoned for different usage?
  • Why does the Parish Council want to provide allotments and a community garden on part of the site?
  • Who will maintain the area once developed ?
  • Should the existing play area compliment the proposed new recreation area as soil conditions are different?
  • When will works commence and be finished?
  • When and what format will the consultation process take?
  • Was funding for the recreation area linked to all the phases of the Bridgefield development and if so how can residents from each phase participate in the consultation process?
  • Connectivity between existing and proposed facilities in the parish need to be improved as Bridgefield is out on a limb at present.
  • Can improvements be made to existing play area as part of this process?

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Introducing Aspire Landscape Management

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Latest News | Comments Off on Introducing Aspire Landscape Management

From October Ashford Borough Council will be bringing the responsibility for grounds maintenance across the borough back in-house.

The new service, called Aspire Landscape Management, will cover the day-to-day work of mowing, pruning, planting, clearing and litter picking on various spaces owned by the Council including open green space, parks, floral beds, cemeteries, areas around housing sites, hedges, sports pitches and associated footpaths.

The service is also working with Kent County Council (KCC) Highway Services on areas of work that we can perform in order to maintain quality standards. Until now, this work was undertaken by Landscape Services, but from this autumn it will come under the responsibility of ABC.

This initiative is a key part of delivering the adopted Land Management Improvement Plan, which aims to make the borough a pleasant and enjoyable place to live, work, visit and enjoy.

Enhance Ashford’s overall appearance and attractiveness and raise civic pride and make the borough more attractive for residents, visitors and businesses.

Improving borough presentation

The new in-house service will give us greater flexibility as we will be able to move resources where they are needed most, with an ability to be more fluid with changing priorities. It will also be more cost effective.

This links to Priority 4 of the Corporate Plan – Attractive Ashford where the council’s aspiration is to achieve an environment that creates higher standards of public space design, alongside improved standards of presentation of key green spaces.

The Land Management Improvement Plan therefore aims to tackle these issues, with one of the key components being the in-house grounds maintenance service.

Our vision

“To provide a high quality, responsive and flexible grounds maintenance service to the residents of Ashford, offering a proactive and best value solution for the maintenance of the borough’s green spaces.”

The new depot

Since receiving planning approval from the council in July, Gallagher Properties have been redeveloping the former Rimmel factory site at Cobbs Wood Industrial Estate, which has been derelict for nearly a decade after it was destroyed by fire.

The plans for the site include the Aspire grounds maintenance depot, a ready-mix concrete plant and 70,000ft2 of industrial warehouse units. Overall the development is expected to create at least two hundred jobs.

Contact details

To find out more or to report an issue please contact Aspire Landscape Management on:

Email: info@aspirelandscapemanagement.co.uk
Telephone: 01233 331111
Address: Aspire Landscape Management, Carlton Business Park, Carlton Road, Ashford, TN23 1EF.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will the service cover? The new service will cover the day-to-day work of mowing, pruning, planting, clearing and litter picking on various spaces owned by the Council including open green space, parks, floral beds, cemeteries, areas around housing sites, hedges, sports pitches and associated footpaths.

How can I establish who owns the land? As a general rule of thumb, grass verges along the road side are owned by Kent Highway Services, in most cases they commission Ashford Borough Council to maintain them. High speed roads over 60 miles per hour tend to be the responsibility of Highways England, who also maintain them.

Will you be able to maintain privately owned land too? Only if we receive permission from the land owner to do so and to access their land. It is important to note there are large areas of land which the council does not own and therefore we are not able to maintain these areas.

Where land is not being maintained and falls out of the responsibility of Ashford Borough Council, will you use enforcement plans to force the owners to comply? The enforcing authority is Kent Highway Services who receive reports via their website.

Why have you brought this in-house? The council has looked at various options, including outsourcing, an in-house service, creating a trading company or via a joint venture. An in-house service is considered the best approach as it supports the need to deliver the best combination of control, quality, flexibly and affordability.

So we can expect to see standards improve straight away? Actually no, the changes won’t be seen overnight. In fact the impact is not likely to be really seen until spring/summer next year. The focus for the team over the next few months will be trimming down the landscaping to manageable levels. Some areas may therefore appear a little bear and/or brown during the winter months.

How can I report land or areas which need attention? Please contact via the means above.

Where did you come up with the name? We wanted a name which was engaging and meaningful. This links to Priority 4 in the Council’s Corporate Plan matches the aspirations of members to improve the presentation of the borough. The name and branding was created in-house.

Bridge works at Bridgefield

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in Latest News | Comments Off on Bridge works at Bridgefield

Dear Residents,

The debris left on the accommodation bridge has been reported to KCC Highways and their response is shown below.

The works on the bridge itself are expected to be finished this Wednesday (besides the final topping off of the footway), so the risk of material being thrown from the bridge will be removed. Until then, and on all future phases of these works, I have asked the contractor to either remove all loose material from site at the end of each shift or ensure it is stored behind locked Heras fencing to prevent anyone gaining access. Such fencing is not immediately available but should be delivered to site this week. Until then a security guard will be in place on site to monitor the situation.

The fencing being used will also be connected together to make it more difficult to either blow over or be pushed.

Local Plan *UPDATE*

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in Featured, Latest News | Comments Off on Local Plan *UPDATE*

Local Plan *UPDATE*

Kingsnorth Parish Councils response to Ashford Borough Council regarding the Local Plan

Statement from Kingsnorth Parish Council in response to the Draft Ashford Local Plan

General Comment. A large Scale Map of the proposed urban and urban fringe area is required. The maps provided do not give road names, making it difficult to identify exactly where development is proposed to occur.

Strategic Objectives

SP1 Strategic Objectives, P12
a) We support the objective to develop Brown field sites before Greenfield sites.
b) We support the objective to protect and enhance the existing historic and natural environment and biodiversity
e) We support the objective to provide and encourage the use of sustainable transport.
f) We support the intention to provide a wide variety of housing to meet the needs of an expanding population. E.g. housing for disabled, affordable, and downsizing.
We consider there should be a Strategic Policy to provide for Climate Change.
We welcome the statement in the text that while there are large areas of unspoilt countryside protected by statuary designations. Countryside not so protected should be valued in its own right.

SP2 The Strategic Approach to Housing Delivery, p22
The total housing requirement in the Borough is calculated as 14,680. Of which 2210 are proposed in Kingsnorth and Sevington. This is 66% of the total new allocations (3365) on new allocated sites. The Parish Council considers this to be an unfair proportion of the whole. Especially when the enormous quantity of houses, (approx.5000) already built in the Parish is considered. Kingsnorth Parish Council considers that Chilmington Green could deliver more than 2500 houses by 2030.

We welcome that a third large scale area of development is rejected.  The relatively small area of Court Lodge is supported by the Parish Council but we consider that the number should be reduced.

SP3 Strategic Approach to Economic Delivery, p28
We consider that the provision of high speed broad band access should be available to all new workplaces in rural areas as a priority.

SP6 Promoting High Quality Design, p40
It has long been the Policy to produce high quality design in new developments. This has not been universally achieved.  Kingsnorth Parish Council considers that an Enquiry by Design Workshop should be held for Court Lodge. This is especially important as Kingsnorth does not have either a village design statement or a neighbourhood plan.

We consider that all new houses should have solar panels.  This will minimise the proliferation of solar farms on agricultural land.

We consider that high quality design should also apply to landscape between buildings and green infrastructure.

Topic Policies

Section A-Housing p165

HOU1 affordable housing, p167
Kingsnorth does not have any affordable housing designated for local residents. But it is noted that 30% of new housing should be provided as “affordable/ specialist”.  We consider that such housing should remain affordable in perpetuity and not be allowed to become” full market value “in the future.
We consider that there should not be an allocation for exclusive houses.  Especially under this heading

HOU2 Local Needs/specialist housing, p171
The Council support proposals to bring forward housing for “specialist housing “especially smaller housing to allow for “down-sizing”.     Considered Sound

HOU4 Residential development in rural settlements, p174
We note that Stubbs Cross and Steeds Lane settlements are not named in HOU4.   Therefore that the existing policy of no new housing in these settlements will be continued.

HOU5 Residential windfall developments in the countryside, p177
Windfalls, the Parish Council supports the criteria for assessing non-isolated windfall sites in rural settlements.  We consider that existing buildings which no longer fulfil their original purpose could be converted into dwellings.

HOU6 Self Build, p178
This Policy is supported as it is in accordance with government policy that there should be opportunity for self-build and custom build housing within large sites. Considered Sound

HOU7, p180
This policy is supported provided that the criteria listed are met and is sound.

HOU8, p181
This policy is supported and considered sound

HOU9, p182
This policy is supported and considered sound

HOU10, p183
The Parish Council object to this policy, gardens should not be regarded as brownfield sites in rural areas where substantial gardens contribute to the visual amenity of a neighbourhood.

HOU15, p189
Minimum length of garden of 10m is inadequate for larger family homes.

HOU 16 new traveller’s sites
Consideration should be given to identifying brown field sites for such provision as this works effectively elsewhere, e.g. Thamesmead.

HOU17, p193
Support, considered sound

EMP1, p195
Support, considered sound

EMP6, p203
Support, considered sound

EMP10, p208
Support, considered sound

Transport

TRA1 Strategic Transport Schemes, p214
The Parish Council consider the Pound Lane Link Road from Chilmington Green, via Long Length to the SOR to be of the utmost importance to the Parish.  Its function to prevent the overwhelming congestion on the existing roads in the area which will occur if the proposed development in the Parish is permitted.  Britannia Way is of especial concern.  This is especially important where the traffic from Chilmington Green is concerned.
The developers of this site do not consider that traffic generated by the site will impact on Kingsnorth but will use the A28 as the preferred route out of the site.  This the Parish Council disputes. 

TRA3a p218 Parking in residential areas
The Parish Council considers that the parking allocation for large houses i.e. 4-beds + is too little if the provision of a garage is not regarded as a parking space.  The Parish Council has also found that parking courts where the parking is divorced from the front of the house are not used.  These should not be part of any design.  Adequate parking for visitors should be provided.  Parking should be restricted at key road junctions, e.g. the junction of Church Hill and Ashford d crossroads.

TR4 p 220 local bus network p220
This policy is supported.  It is essential that an efficient bus network on the new estate is provided early on in the development and the roads designed for this use. This will encourage use of the buses and decrease car use.

TRA5 p221 Planning for Pedestrians
It is essential that safe and practical routes for pedestrians and cyclists are provided.

TRA6 p222
This policy is supported and considered sound

TRA7 p222
It is essential that HGV are prohibited from small rural roads. This includes conditions on the movement of construction traffic.

The Natural and Built Environment

The Parish Council strongly supports the enlarged Ashford Green Corridor and considers the green buffers created between the village and the hamlets of Stubbs Cross and Steeds Lane must be protected from development in perpetuity

This road and the link to Chilmington Green is very important to Kingsnorth as it will offer an alternative route from Chilmington Green to junction 10.  It will protect the existing roads which are already subject to congestion from rat running.  These roads should be built as soon as possible once the Chilmington Green development proceeds.  Adequate traffic management arrangements must be put in place before development begins. 

ENV 1p230
This policy is supported and considered sound.

ENV 2 p230
The protection and enhancement of the Ashford Green corridor is supported. The extension of the Green corridor to the Kingsnorth Area is strongly supported.  It is essential that the green corridor is protected from development in perpetuity.

ENV4 p234
This policy is supported and considered sound.
It is essential that in areas outside the designated Dark Skies Area that light pollution is kept to a minimum…

ENV5, p235
This policy is supported and considered sound.

ENV6, p237
This policy is supported and considered sound.

ENV7, p238
This policy is supported and considered sound.

ENV9, p243
This policy is supported and considered sound.

ENV10, p246 Renewable and low Carbon economy
The Parish Council considers that all new developments should have PV panels on roofs where they will be efficient. This to restrict the development of Solar Farms on good agricultural land.

Sites Policies in Kingsnorth

All sites in this section must be subject to Archaeological assessment. This area has already produced a new roman town and an Iron Age settlement; Bronze Age artefacts have been found in Magpie Hall Rd.  The potential for further finds is very high.
They should include SUDS drainage as the whole area is on heavy clay and does not drain easily.

S3 p51 Court Lodge, up to 950 houses, a new strategic road layout, a new village centre to server both this site and the Washford Farm estate.
This site is supported by the Parish Council and also by the residents that attended the two workshops that were held by the Parish Council, see Appendix 1, subject to a satisfactory master plan being produced.   The number of 950 houses is too high for this site and a reduction in numbers should be considered. The Parish Council suggests that an Enquiry by Design workshop be held to ensure that the local residents have a say in the design and layout.
The site connects to the Washford Farm estate, this estate built 37 years ago, has no facilities of its own.  It does not connect to the village facilities. A small village centre with a school, shops and medical centre would be very helpful to residents in this area.
We suppose that the development will be built in phases but request that the new road, known as the Pound Lane Link, will be part of the first phase.  This road will be essential if complete chaos on the existing road network is to be avoided.
The development of the southern area of the site as a green space and part of the Ashford Green Corridor is welcome and supported.  To form part of the Discovery Park on Chilmington Green is also welcomed and the intention to form the Green Necklace as set out in the Core Strategy 2008 is particularly welcome.   The details of the aims and opportunities of this area will need to be set out in a master plan.  This could lead to a swath of protected, connected countryside. Part of a wider network of protected corridors for wildlife, linking to the Rivers Medway, Stour and Beult.
The southern area of this site is flood plain with many ponds containing protected species, this presents an opportunity to provide wetlands and other habitats along the White Water dyke.  Also to help prevent flooding it the urban areas.

S4 Land north of Steeds Lane and Magpie Hall Road 350 houses in total on both sides of the Ashford Road
The Parish Council and many of the residents object to this site.  350 houses is a lot of new dwellings in a block of land which does not have any real reason to be developed.  It is too small to have any facilities but will produce much traffic which will add to the already congested Ashford Road and the rural roads which run-through it.
The tentative suggestion that a further area of search south of Steeds Lane should not be given as a reason to develop this land.  Inclusion of this possibility will encourage urban creep and it should not be referred to in this policy.

S5 Land south of Pound Lane. Up to 100 dwellings with links to Court Lodge.
This site is supported with the following comments:

  1. This bullet point has caused considerable confusion with residents as to the arrangements for the access and exit on Pound Lane.  The Parish Council consider that the Kingsnorth cross roads should be provided with traffic lights even if Pound Lane is stopped after Riverside Close.
  2. This is supported
  3. It is very important that the existing houses in Pound lane have significant visual protection from the new development.  This to be secured by way of the development plan.
  4. This bullet point is supported.

S14 250 Houses with part of site on flood plain and an extension of the Green corridor on Eastside of the site
The Parish Council support this site subject to adequate access and the existing road upgraded to a crossroads.

S15 Finberry North West 300 house plus some industrial
The Parish Council supports this site and considers it sound.

Signed

Len Bunn
Parish Clerk / RFO
Kingsnorth Parish Council

For the original document, please download it here:


For a summary of responses from the Local Plan workshops held on the 26th and 29th July 2016 at Kingsnorth School, please download this document here: