- The parish council has submitted a preliminary objection (140424PCObjectiontoWYE2) to the development proposal for 25 houses on WYE2. The existing objection documents concern about design, increase in traffic, treatment of the village boundary, and a lack of consideration of the principles embodied in the emerging neighbourhood plan for WYE2 (140424PolicyforWYE2draftNP).
- Ashford planning have told us that we can submit further comments based on the public meeting – should this be necessary.
- The parish council distributed a letter (140424Wye2objectionletterresidents) for individual residents to send to Ashford planning. It was pointed out at the meeting that planning departments are influenced by the number of responses they receive, not necessarily by the quality of individual submissions.
- Jonathan Rodger, the traffic consultant from MLM, and Councillor John Mansfield explained the various traffic concerns – in particular the effect of more development on the queues of traffic at the level crossing gates (140424CROSSING DATA). Concern was also expressed about queues on Bridge Street providing an impediment to the fire brigade, with the fire station situated in Little Chequers.
- It was explained that plans for development of WYE1 had been submitted. Councillor Mansfield expressed disappointment that these did not conform to the layout suggested by the emerging Neighbourhood Plan (which followed the line of an old roman road). The parish council is yet to submit a response to Ashford planning on this.
- Residents were encouraged to take interest in all the forthcoming developments: to think hard about how they were going to affect them as individuals as well as the broader community, to consider both views into and out of the village, and to make submissions (positive and negative) to Ashford planning.
- Village resident Dave Martin officially launched the Our Place project. This is about improving facilities for the over-60s in the community: social eating, mobility, care, inter-generational activities.
- Slides from the meeting are available on the PC website.
The only other matter to report was my own personal meeting with someone who can trace her family in Wye back to 1712 (and maybe further than that), and a suggestion to me personally (rather than the public meeting) that the waste ground beyond the children’s playing field (owned by Ashford housing) could be converted into a carpark – to relieve pressure on parking in Little Chequers. Sounded like an interesting idea.