Village Envelope/Confines Process

  1. The Parish Council is setting out the conditions to ascertain the viability of the Village
    Envelope/Confines Process and what they would expect the outcome to look like, i.e. a
    potential scale of development that could be expected to come forward as a result of the
    drawing on the’envelope/confines.’
  2. Assuming a village envelope exercise is appropriate, ABC officers will undertake a desktop
    exercise to assess planning history and likely areas of debate using for example, GIS data,
    aerial pictures, Google Street map imagery, etc.
  3. ABC officers willthen conduct a site visit.
  4. ABC officers will then produce some options as a ‘starter for 10’ for discussion with the
    Parish Council. The number of options is likely to depend on the complexity of the
    geography. and layout of the settlement and whether any ‘outlying’ groups of buildings
    should be included or not.
  5. The Parish Council undertakes a local public consultation exercise which will be supported /
    facilitated by ABC officers. The precise nature and scope of this may vary from place to place
    but should provide an opportunity for all local residents to feed comments into the process.
  6. Both the PC and ABC officers consider the responses made during the public consultation
    and decide on a preferred option.
  7. ABC officers prepare a report to Cabinet (or Planning Committee) setting out the process
    undertaken, options considered, public comments received and the responses to such
    comments with a recommendation that the preferred option be adopted for development
    management purposes. lf agreed, this would then be applied as the ‘built confines’ for
    purposes of interpreting adopted Local Plan policy for that settlement.The principal benefit of establishing a map-based village envelope is that it can provide greater
    clarity for local residents, landowners, developers and decision-makers (whether that is the Borough
    Council or the Planning Inspectorate in appeal scenarios) as to where the Local Planning Authority
    and local community generally regard the built up part of their settlement begins and ends. This can
    identify infilling opportunities in settlements or where ‘exception’ policies (such as those for Local
    needs housing) might apply.
    Whilst it is no longer the case that development proposals outside a village ‘envelope’ can be
    automatically regarded as unacceptable in principle, as such an approach is not supported by
    government policy in the NPPF, the greater clarity afforded by a defined ‘envelope’ may be a
    material factor in the overall balance.
  8. http://www.ashford.gov.uk/download.cfm?doc=docm93jijm4n5677.pdf&ver=8520  for further information on the terms used .

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