Aylesham village is situated roughly halfway between Canterbury and Dover, in an area that was open farmland prior to the 1900s when coal was discovered in Kent. Rapid expansion of the Kent coalfield led to the new ‘town’ of Aylesham being built, to a plan by renowned architect Sir Patrick Abercrombie in the 1920s.
Many miners travelled south to Kent and a new community evolved in the village, forming a common bond and unique settlement. The village has retained much of its diverse culture and traditions, including its male voice choir, brass band and rugby pastimes. Today Aylesham continues to grow and thrive as a community.
The original application for Aylesham Expansion was submitted in 2007 following a public consultation and was agreed five years later in 2012.
In 2013 the developers submitted an application to vary the Masterplan programme. Initial meetings were held with senior planning officers at Dover District Council (DDC) and informal discussions took place with DDC councillors, Aylesham Parish Council and the Aylesham Community Development Association. Stakeholder engagement has included Kent County Council, Dover District Council, Kent Highways and the Highways Agency.
Much work has been done since including setting up this website, engagement of a dedicated Community Development Officer and, in 2016, appointment of a part time Public Relations & Communications Officer.
There have been public exhibitions in 2015 and 2016 to help keep local residents up to date with plans on and around the development.
For more information on Aylesham Parish Council please visit –http://www.ayleshampc.kentparishes.gov.uk/
For more information on Aylesham Village please visit the community website –http://www.ayleshamvillage.co.uk/