Survey on the planning application for development at Lenacre Hall Farm

The recent planning application by Millwood Designer Homes Ltd for 89 dwellings to be built on land at Lenacre Hall Farm, Sandyhurst Lane, represents possibly the largest single application ever made for housing development in the Lane. (The previous largest application was for 66 dwellings in Hoads Wood Gardens in 1991, eventually reduced to 30 dwellings in 1995).

It therefore merits very serious consideration. It should be noted that this site was submitted for consideration in the Ashford Local Plan. Ashford Borough Council, in turn, referred it to Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Parish Council (BA&EPC) for consideration in their Neighbourhood Plan. In January 2017, BA&EPC issued a decision letter stating that they are not minded to include the site in the Neighbourhood Plan and do not consider they have a mandate to do so, following rejection of development on the site by 75% of respondents to their household survey.

Despite this, Millwood Designer Homes Ltd have now submitted an application for full planning permission for 21 new dwellings and outline planning permission for up to a further 68 dwellings. Comprehensive documentation for the application is available here (if necessary, search for application number 17/01613/AS).

In order that Kennington Community Forum can give a fair response we have joined with Sandyhurst Lane Residents Association in a survey of people’s opinions on the proposed development.

The survey is available here and it would be appreciated if you could complete this as soon as possible, and by Sunday 5th November at the latest.

In addition, it is very important that residents should comment directly as individuals. This can be done online by going to the planning application here (if necessary, search for application number 17/01613/AS) and submit your comments under the ‘Make a Comment’ tab.

PLEASE ENSURE YOUR VIEW IS HEARD, BOTH INDIVIDUALLY AND AS PART OF THE COLLECTIVE RESPONSE.

NUMBERS ARE IMPORTANT!