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Planning committee approves additional new homes at Aylesham

24 June, 2020

District councillors have approved plans to increase the number of new homes to be built on the Aylesham Garden Village development.

At its meeting on Thursday 11 June, Dover District Council’s planning committee agreed to allow Barratt Homes and Persimmon Homes to build 150 additional properties on the site which is set on the north side of the former mining village. This will take the total number of properties to 1,360 by the time it is completed in around three years time. By then, 300 homes, or 22 per cent of the total, will have been offered as affordable housing.

The scheme came about because Barratt and Persimmon, who are joint developers with the district council, were experiencing changing market conditions and viability issues. Now, an additional 110 flats and 40 smaller houses will be incorporated into later phases.

The committee’s decision coincides with the development approaching a previously agreed trigger point – completion of the 771st home – when £720,000 becomes available. It agreed the potential use for this should be widened to include leisure needs by way of enhancing sport, leisure and community facilities in the village.

Potential projects include improving facilities at the Aylesham Welfare & Leisure Centre, off Spinney Lane, as well as exploring how funding might contribute towards a new community centre for the village. The district council is seeking to commission consultants to help examine the village’s current and future needs for sport and leisure facilities.

A further £98,000 will be given to upgrade an artificial sports pitch as a result of the committee’s decision. Other funds have been set aside for education, sustainable transport and supporting Aylesham’s library. In total, almost £1 million of further developer contributions will be provided to assist with additional community infrastructure in Aylesham generated by the extra new homes.

Aylesham and Wingham Parish Councils had objected to the plans for the additional housing, expressing fears about increased traffic in the area but these were allayed by traffic surveys carried out in late 2019 by Kent Highways and Highways England. These showed that peak time traffic was slightly lower than the levels predicted when the development’s plans were first drafted several years ago. However, future phases of the development will be accompanied by further surveys.

Cllr Nick Kenton, DDC’s Portfolio Holder for Planning and Regulatory Services, said: “The additional new homes at Aylesham will help to meet the district’s housing needs, giving people a chance to enjoy life in semi-rural surroundings. The developer contributions will help ensure the village, as a whole, has good community facilities for years to come.”