The site had been subject to a number of unsuccessful planning applications and appeals, which were felt by the Local Authority and Planning Inspector to be of poor design and not in keeping with local character. In 2016 Clague were asked by Southern Space to bring their experience to the table in delivering a sensitively designed development to meet both their needs and the aspirations of the Local Authority and Parish Council.

Following extensive pre-application discussions with Ashford Borough Council and the Parish Council, the scheme will provide a mix of predominantly 2- and 3-bedroom houses to address the local need for small-medium family homes.  A policy compliant 40% affordable housing provision is included with Southern Space hoping to increase this provision to as much as 100% through shared-ownership properties to help local affordable housing shortages, subject to successful funding.

Pat Mills, partner at Clague Architects and project lead, said: “We have been working with Southern Space and the planning officers are Ashford Borough Council for the last 2 years on this site, taking the scheme through our rigorous design process and testing a variety of solutions against local need and contextual sensitivities.”

“The character of the proposed dwellings takes careful measure of the site’s sensitive location as an infill of the rural edge of the village, with the homes set with significant gaps between to maintain a sense of openness to Front Road. The individual plots have been designed to reflect the varied local character and particularly the eclectic materiality that defines Wealden architectural vernacular. ”

“As we worked through the constraints, we continuously reviewed local place making precedents and architectural detailing to ensure that the proposals would best complement the fine local vernacular.”

“We are delighted with the officers recommendation and the decision of the members at Ashford Borough Council planning committee to unanimously approve the scheme, and look forward to taking the proposals forward in more detail.”


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