Have your say on local plan changes

Contributed by editor on Nov 09, 2004 - 05:18 PM


People in Shepway have until 17 December to comment o­n proposed changes to the district’s local plan – the blueprint that sets out land use policies for the next 10 years.

Following a public inquiry last year, a government inspector has proposed some modifications to the plan which the council has accepted. These include:

Deleting land at Princes Parade, Hythe, for housing

Allocating new sites for housing o­n the land at the aerodrome and north of Barnhurst Lane at Hawkinge

No new houses for Lympne Airfield

Allocating Herring Hang Field, New Romney, for housing

Identifying land at Linksway, Folkestone, as a housing site

Strengthening shopping polices against out-of-town development

Extending the Ingles Manor housing site in Folkestone to reduce the density of the development.

But the council has not accepted other recommendations made by the inspector including increasing the affordable housing threshold.

The inspector recommended that affordable housing should be sought o­n developments of 25 homes or more.

The council believes that to tackle the serious shortage of affordable housing in the district, affordable housing should make up 30 per cent o­n all sites of 15 homes or more.

The proposed modifications to the local plan can be seen at the Civic Centre, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone, at the o­ne Stops Shops at Hythe, Lydd and New Romney and at public libraries. Anyone who wants to object to, or comment o­n, any of the proposed modifications must send them to:

Andy Jarrett, Head of Partnership and Regeneration
Shepway District Council
Civic Centre
Castle Hill Avenue
Kent CT20 2QY
by 17 December.