Neighbourhood Plan Website – Specification

INTRODUCTION: Charing Parish Steering Committee was established in the Autumn of 2016 to introduce a Neighbourhood Plan. Local residents of the parish of Charing are to provide their views through a formal process to have a say in how the parish will grow and be affected by development over the next 15 years. Such a plan will have legal status which means it will have a strong influence on future planning decisions.

KEY OBJECTIVES OF THE PLAN: At this stage in the process some key objectives have been highlighted and are to be developed further. These include:

  • Controlled and limited housing development which will not destroy the character of the village and with emphasis on smaller more affordable properties and the avoidance of further large estate development
  • Ensuring t that the proposed Orbit development will meet the needs of local people in perpetuity and that the development will not have disadvantage to village residents or visitors
  • Allocation of land to encourage new business and employment opportunities and measures to help sustain successful businesses in The High Street
  • Protect landscape, views and green spaces
  • Ensure that community facilities such as school, surgery, pharmacy, post office can provide continuing improvements to their service while population growth continues
  • Maintaining and improving the village character
  • Avoiding increases in traffic volume especially through Pluckley/Station Road and finding additional parking space for both residents and visitors to Charing .
  • Protect the environment especially as the parish includes a conservation area and an area of outstanding national beauty and important drainage areas for natural drinking water for residents in Charing and Ashford

KEY CURRENT ACTIVITY: Engaging the whole parish in the development of the plan. This will include:

  • Direct communication with parishioners via distribution of fliers; meetings, exhibitions and a questionnaire and hopefully email in the future
  • Improving communications with parishioners by attracting comment directly to website
  • Building solid relationships with the business community
  • Building excellent relationships with organisations providing community facilities
  • Improving links with adjoining parishes
  • Working more closely with local government especially Ashford Borough Council, KCC Highways
  • Working more closely with other organisations which may affect the parish including: Historic England; rail companies; bus companies; environment agency; water companies; land agents; CPRE; Kent Relocate


  • Minutes of CPC Neighbourhood Plan Committee
  • Minutes of Steering Committee
  • Minutes of meetings with Ashford Borough Council
  • All communication fliers sent to parishioners
  • Details of Task Groups (objective and names of members of group)
  • Milestones (running record of events to date)
  • Map of Neighbourhood plan area
  • Position document (including exhibits) to ABC on 15-12-16

March 2016