Ashtead Community Vision Ashtead’s Neighbourhood Development Plan First Look! The NDP also calls for a new convenience retail store on the disused garage site in The Street, with access only from The Street and with limits on its overall size. On the environmental front, the NDP seeks to protect development on school playing fields which it sees as a valuable community facility not restricted just for school use. Where schools seek to expand it suggests that lost playing fields must be replaced with new sites in Ashtead. The soon to be published draft Ashtead Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) contains 16 different policies covering a wide range development issues.
The NDP says that all development proposals must retain or replace existing trees and hedges and that they take account of the character of the surrounding area; larger developments must include a mix of building styles appropriate to their surroundings. All developments should be designed to include gardens and green space that maintains or enhances the character of the local area.
Housing dominates. One policy covers “Balancing the housing mix” - so if 5 or more dwellings are to be built on new sites then the NDP wishes to see a mix of 1,2, and 3 bed houses with a bias against 4 or more bed properties. With infill and smaller sites, the NDP On infrastructure, the NDP supports the seeks 1,2, and 3 bed homes with no more than expansion of primary care provision in Ashtead one 4 bed home to be built (unless there was including the change of use of residential land more than one 4 bed home on the site hitherto). or commercial premises. It also seeks to encourage improved footpaths where new The NDP calls for housing developments on sites developments are built providing they are in in the central area of Ashtead to be accessible, keeping with the area. The document lists 16 adaptable, attractive to, and suitable for those valued community facilities saying that any loss seeking to downsize. Developments are to be will be resisted unless it can be proved there is visually integrated with their surroundings and no longer any demand for any one of those designed to reflect the character of the local facilities. area and street scene.
John Morgan ACV member
Car parking is an issue and the NDP seeks to ensure that new residential developments have adequate car parking on site. If land at Murreys Court were to be used for housing, the NDP requires public footpaths to be built to link to Agates Lane and Skinner’s Lane so providing direct pedestrian access to The Street. On the economy, one policy seeks to designate Barnett Wood Lane shops as a ‘Local Shopping Area’ to match the designation of The Street and Craddock’s parade. The NDP also seeks to ensure that the Leg of Mutton & Cauliflower, The Brewery Inn, and The Woodman public houses should be regarded as valued community facilities and any loss should be resisted.
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Issue 123. Never underestimate the power of community.