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.
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.)
PLUCKLEY QUILT AND CRAFT SHOW 2018
PLUCKLEY VILLAGE HALL TN27 0QZ
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 22nd AND 23rd SEPTEMBER 2018
10.30 to 5.00PM EACH DAY
SHOWCASE BY LOUISE JESSUP
ENTRANCE £5 TO INCLUDE SOME REFRESHMENTS
MANY PATCHWORK QUILTS, WALL HANGINGS AND OTHER NEEDLECRAFTS
WONDERFUL TEA TENT
FULL DISABLED AND WHEELCHAIR ACCESS AND FACILITIES
CONTACT JUDY ON 01233 840280 OR EMAIL [email protected] FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.
that due to the resignation of Tim O`Connor, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.
If by 1 November, 2017 (14 days* after the date of this notice) a request for an election to fill the said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at the Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford, Kent , TN23 1PL by TEN electors for the said Parish, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.
If an election is called, it will take place not later than 8 January, 2018.
Dated 12 October, 2017
Clerk to the Parish Council
Ms C Levett
* In computing any period of time for this purpose, a Saturday, Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday, a bank holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning must be disregarded.