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Proposed Submission Local Plan: strategy and sites 2016

Proposed Submission Local Plan: strategy and sites 2016 - Part 2: Sites

A29: Land to the south and east of Ash and Tongham

 

POLICY A29: Land to the south and east of Ash and Tongham

Allocation

This is a strategic location for development

The site is allocated for approximately 1200 homes (C3)

Requirements

  • Appropriate surface water flooding mitigation measures, with specific regard to the Ash Surface Water Study
  • Where likely to produce positive outcomes, and it is reasonable to do so, work with landowners of nearby development sites to help reduce surface water flooding in the local area
  • Development proposals in the vicinity of Ash Green to have recognition of the historic location of Ash Green village. The properties along Ash Green Road have historically been considered to form part of Ash Green village. Whilst this land is now proposed to be included within the Ash and Tongham urban area, proposals for the land west of this road should respect the historical context of this area. This should include the provision of a green buffer that seeks to maintain a sense of separation between the proposed new development and the properties fronting onto Ash Green Road. This will also help soften the edges of the strategic development location and provide a transition between the built up area and the countryside beyond
  • Sensitive design at site boundaries that has regard to the transition from urban to rural
  • Development proposals close to Ash railway station to have regard to the proposed scheme to improve the level crossing at Ash railway station through the provision of a new road bridge
  • Proposed road layout or layouts to provide connections between both the individual development sites within this site allocation and between Ash Lodge Drive and Foreman Road, providing a through road connection between Ash Lodge Drive and Foreman Road, in order to maximise accessibility and to help alleviate congestion on the A323 corridor
  • The loss of greenfield requires provision of sufficient integrated green infrastructure to enable connectivity of spaces and habitats between land parcels within this site, and to outside of this site

Opportunities

  • Green corridors and linkages to habitats outside of the site

 

Description

Location

Urban area

Ward

Ash South and Tongham, Ash Wharf

Ownership

Private (multiple)

Area (size)

67 ha

Existing use

Fields

LAA reference

Site 2247

Key considerations

  • Loss of greenfield land
  • Surface water flooding
  • Listed buildings
  • Proposal for a new road bridge at Ash Railway Station
  • Through road connection between both the individual development sites within this site and between Ash Lodge Drive and Foreman Road
  • Edge of urban area - transition from urban to rural
  • The historical location of Ash Green
  • A number of Tree Preservation Orders
  • Area of High Archaeological Potential
  • Grade II listed buildings
  • Adjoining ancient woodland on some boundaries

 A29 Land to the south and east of Ash and Tongham

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