Planning

Planning applications notified by Ashford Borough Council: Pending and history

Ashford Local Plan – Planning Inspectorate report

Report on the Examination of the Ashford Local Plan 2030 by The Planning Inspectorate, submitted for examination on 21 December 2017. The examination hearings were held between 11 April and 13 June 2018. The report was published on 2 January 2019; download it here: Inspectors report

Parishioners should read paragraphs 184-190. They refer specifically to policies HOU3a and HOU5 now part of the ABC Local Plan 2030 and affect Ruckinge. Here is the direct link to the ABC web site where the source documents can be found Ashford Local Plan

Change of status for Ruckinge:

The planning status of Ruckinge parish has changed through adoption of the Ashford Local Plan

Policy HOU4 – Residential Development in the rural settlements

Minor residential development and infilling of a scale that can be easily integrated into the existing settlement will be acceptable within the confines of the following settlements:

Aldington, Appledore, Appledore Heath, Bethersden, Biddenden, Bilsington, Boughton Lees/Eastwell, Brabourne Lees/Smeeth, Brook, Challock, Charing, Charing Heath, Chilham, Crundale, Egerton, Egerton Forstal, Godmersham, Great Chart, Hamstreet, Hastingleigh, High Halden, Hothfield, Kenardington, Little Chart, Mersham, Molash, Newenden, Old Wives Lees, Pluckley, Pluckley Thorne, Pluckley Station, Rolvenden, Rolvenden Layne, Ruckinge, Shadoxhurst, Shottenden, Smarden, Stone in Oxney, Tenterden (including St Michaels) Warehorne, Westwell, Wittersham, Woodchurch and Wye

Village Confines

Planning Officers at Ashford Borough Council have drawn the confines around a number of rural settlements in the borough.including Ruckinge Parish. The Council intend to confirm this mapped line for the purposes of determining future relevant planning applications.

The exercise is for clarification only, and does not change the meaning of the Council’s planning policies or their application. It does not make development of a site more or less likely to occur. It is merely an exercise to visually represent the confines of certain settlements, using the long established written definition as the guide. The definition which underpins the drawn confines is established in the emerging Local Plan 2030 which states a village confines is the:

“limits of continuous and contiguous development forming the existing built-up area of the settlement, excluding any curtilage beyond the built footprint of the buildings on the site (e.g. garden areas)”.

Click the link to download the map of Ruckinge - parish confines

Rural Means Rural

The campaign for Rural Means Rural is the voice of residents in the villages surrounding Ashford, Kent, who are concerned about the inappropriate housing development in the countryside and damage to the rural environment. Here is a link to Facebook where you can make your voice heard.

Village confines

Village confines