A plan to develop 112 homes, a nursery and office space in a field in Sandwich Road, Ash, was displayed last week by Quinn Estates, to give residents a chance to provide feedback before a final plan is submitted.
If approved the circa £20million scheme will provide 79 open market homes and 33 affordable starter homes. The development company aims to address the district’s need for more homes by fulfilling their affordable homes obligations, providing the full 30% required.
A second phase of the development may follow which would include self build plots on the remaining land, which runs towards the cricket field and rugby club.
This scheme is in addition to 200 homes mentioned in the Local Plan which identifies plots of land for future development at Mill Field, South of Sandwich Road and Chequer Lane.
At the public exhibition Mark Quinn, the firm’s managing director, and his team discussed with residents the design, traffic concerns, access, and the impact on the nearby Collar Makers Green estate.
For those who questioned whether the single access point to the site was enough Mr Quinn said the consultation with KCC Highways would reveal it is adequate: “It’s always safer to have only one breaking point rather than two - it means less accidents,” he said.
The 12 acre site is presently used for agricultural use, with very little ecology present. The design aims to improve the visual impact along the A257. The village green would set the development back from Sandwich Road.
MP for Ash Craig Macinlay said the prospect of new homes would breathe more life into the village, ensuring existing amenities like the shops and the pub didn’t die off.
He said: “It would add a critical mass to the shops and potential for the Chequers Inn to reopen. Talking to people around the village they don’t seem to be in opposition to it. You usually expect opposition in a like this, but from what I have heard, it seems a reasonable prospect."
David Adams, Area Education Officer at Kent County Council said: “We are aware that a developer is exploring the possibility of bringing forward a site for housing in Ash, which is outside of the current adopted Local Plan for Dover.
"This would be in addition to the 200 homes planned to be built in the village.
"As a result we are currently looking into where we can provide extra school places in the area. Expanding Cartwright and Kelsey primary school is one option we are considering.”
Issues will be taken into consideration before a final application is submitted in eight to 10 weeks time. Dover District Council’s decision is expected at the end of the year and if it is successful, building works will start this time in 2017.
Feedback is welcome throughout. Visit: www.quinn-estates.com.
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