Tenterden’s Neighbourhood Plan
Local Green Spaces can be protected where they are of particular importance to the local community under the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework, 2012, (NPPF).To achieve Local Green Space Designation we have to produce clear, objective and robust evidence that the Local Green Spaces meet the tests set out in the NPPF. We must also ensure that we conform with national and local planning policy and do not contradict the Ashford Local Plan.
To qualify for protection, a Local Green Space must be ‘In reasonably close proximity to the community it serves; demonstrably special to a local community and holds a particular significance, for example because of its beauty, historic significance, recreational value (including as a playing field), tranquility or richness of its wildlife; and local in character and is not an extensive tract of land’.
Working Groups have been set up to gather and collate the strong objective evidence needed to meet these tests.
There are five working groups
- LOCAL GREEN SPACES
- Local Green Space Designation
- Landscape Evidence Base
- Defining Built Up Confines
- Shop Fronts and Advertisements
- Important Views
- Design Codes
- LOCAL ECONOMY
- COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT
A forward‐looking Plan to support a friendly, healthy and socially cohesive community, to protect indigenous wildlife, enhance biodiversity and continue to encourage visitors to Tenterden as a vibrant tourist attraction – identifying:
Sites with rich biodiversity
Valued landscape and views
Important Local Green Spaces for statutory protection
Interconnecting green routeways
Economic needs and opportunities within the parish
Initiatives to improve air quality and reduce pollution.
Photos from the Public Exhibition and Consultation in November 2019