For some time, we have been debating the application at the Brickworks. Your Parish Council has been in discussion with the developer and with Ashford Borough Council to try to find an acceptable way forward.
All along, the aim has been to follow the consensus reached during the Neighbourhood Plan consultation i.e. to accept that housing is a better solution than industry, but that the number of houses should be contained as far as possible; and to protect the ecology of the area.
A potential solution has now been reached and we await the paperwork confirming.
The Brickworks holding covers four main areas of land. The solution affects them as follows:
i.The original works site will have the twenty-five houses already approved and supported in the Pluckley Neighbourhood Plan. The developer now has the necessary certificates from the Environment Agency enabling him to carry out a deep-clean of the site. The soil currently piled in the front field is to replace that removed from the back site during the clean. The approach road has been started and the site is now formally active.
ii.The application on the field in front of the site, on Station Road, will be reduced to five houses rather than seven, plus one further house where an office was applied for. The office will not be developed. The remainder of this field toward the railway line will be subject to a covenant granted to the Parish Council, precluding any further development without the PC’s approval. It is the intention of the PC to designate this area a Local Green Space and the developer has agreed to this. Tree Preservation Orders have also now been served on the six oak trees here.
The houses on this site are to be re-designed to be more in keeping with the area, and a fresh application with redrawn plans and the reduced numbers has now been submitted.
iii.The field to the north of the site, off Chambers Green Road – the developer will transfer ownership to the Parish Council who will create a Nature Reserve here.
iv.The lake and woodland will remain. The northern edge of the woodland will fall within the new Nature Reserve.
We believe this outcome is the best the parish could have obtained: the number of houses has been contained; the fear of further development is removed; and the community acquires the amenities of a Nature Reserve and a Local Green Space.
Now established as an annual event, the Bash returns this Summer! Kicking off at midday with the sound of St Nic’s Bells, there will be the usual Hog Roast, Drinks Tent & Cream Teas on offer throughout the afternoon. We also have vegetarian options, strawberries & cream, Syrian delicacies and a traditional cake stall. There will be plenty to keep the whole family entertained with the ever popular fun Dog Show, traditional fete & local business stalls, the tennis club Cup Final Match, and involvement of village commjnity groups including the Heritage Centre (which will be open). New for 2019 is a continuous line up throughout the afternoon of fantastic live music from local musicians and even better – the festivities & live music will continue beyond 5pm at The Black Horse late into the evening.
We look forward to welcoming you, your family and friends! In the meantime if you are able to help out in any way – during set up (Fri 26th from 12pm), during the event or for set down (Sunday 28th from 10am) we would love to hear from you. The more the merrier and many hands make light work – even an hour of your time would be much appreciated. For more information or to volunteer just message below or contact Helen on email [email protected] or text 07971530491
Following the consultation, the Parish Council gave its views on the maps to Ashford Borough Council.. Most points were accepted. ABC is expected to adopt the maps shortly. They will serve as informal guidelines for planners when determining future planning applications.
The three maps (Pluckley Village, Pluckley Thorne/Fir Toll, and Pluckley Station) are viewable by clicking on the links below.
(please note that the dotted lines indicate developments supported in the Neighbourhood Plan but not yet delivered.)
This year’s Spring Clean-up will take place on Saturday 30 March. Volunteers should assemble at the Recreation ground at 10am where yellow vests and pickers will be supplied. Cakes and drinks will be available in the pavilion afterwards.
After the AGM which was held on 11th September, Pluckley Tennis Club is going from strength to strength. Club Days will be held at the tennis courts on the recreation ground every Saturday from 9am to 12 noon. Further information is available on the Pluckley Tennis Club page or please get in touch with Gavin Russell on 01233 820426 or by email to [email protected] A Facebook group for the new club has also been created. Click here to send a request to join the group.
Pluckley’s Neighbourhood Plan has now been approved by the Parish Council and formally submitted to Ashford Borough Council (ABC), with its supporting documents. ABC will now review the document and publish it for a six week consultation period. After that, they will decide whether it is ready to go to an independent examiner. Following that examination, it will come back to the parish for a public referendum.
Click here to see the Neighbourhood Plan and accompanying documents.
Pluckley Women’s Collective (PWC) was able to conjure up beautiful sunny weather for its August event, a family BBQ and picnic which was held on the recreation ground last Saturday. There was something for everyone including games and music and an ice cream van was in attendance. Pluckley residents were able to spend a thoroughly relaxing afternoon and enjoy delicious food courtesy of Gary Boodle, our local butcher and Helen Baird at Pluckley Farm Shop. A big thank you for their support and generosity.
Thanks are also due to the Parish Council for the loan of the Pavilion and the marquees, to Chris Housman for supplying the music, to Martin Chambers for providing an excellent BBQ and finally to the many helpers; ladies, gentlemen, children and dogs who came along on Saturday morning to help get everything ready. The biggest task was the erection of the marquees but helpers managed to follow orders at the right time so that much fun was had by all.
Finally thank you to everyone who came along and made the event such a success. Hopefully it will become an annual event.
For further information about Pluckley Women’s Collective and other forthcoming PWC events please click here.