Will the Neighbourhood Plan be too late to save our village?
History repeats itself. Just as when Imperial College announced it’s plan to build 5000 houses across our countryside straight after the Wye Christmas Street Party in 2005. This Saturday the following went up on Ashford Borough Council’s Website. Again just after our Street Party. Timing is everything. Do they calculate that we will all now be preoccupied with Christmas?
Imagine 200 houses at the point of our village which is the gateway to an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Who wants to walk through a thundering housing estate to get to the countryside?
Perhaps this is just the start of ICL realising their total land assets of the Wye Campus?
Time for Wye to go on the march again?
ICL have put in a request for a EIA screening assessment for the 200 dwellings in their masterplan.
ABC will first deal with the screening request. This is only deciding if the proposals would require an environmental impact assessment (EIA) and nothing else. The screening opinion has now been registered and the Council has 21 days to give its opinion.
If the Council comes to the view through the screening opinion that the proposals require an EIA then it will deal with the scoping request form the date of the issuing of the screening opinion.
The scoping opinion is a voluntarily request from the developer asking for the Council’s opinion as to the content of the EIA i.e. what significant environmental impacts must be covered. The Council has 5 weeks to deal with this request unless an extension of time is agreed with the developer.
The Council in dealing with the EIA screening and scoping procedures is not looking at or making any decision on the planning merits of the development. This would be dealt with through a subsequent planning application if one is submitted.
No statutory consultation is required for the initial screening opinion but ABC be doing some limited technical consultation and I will let the Parish Council know about this.
The scoping opinion is subject to a statutory consultation requirement.
|Parish & Ward
|Location and Description
|4 Dec 2014
||Wye with Hinxhill
|Land and buildings of Wye College Site Wye 3, Olantigh Road, Wye, Kent
Proposed mixed use scheme comprising – up to 200 residential units employment uses, comprising a business hub, small business/artisans units and agri-businesses an allocation of space for Community uses public green space/woodlands/allotments and play areas internal roads, parking and service areas supporting infrastructure