Hamstreet Village Confines – What Do You Think

Hamstreet Village Confines – What Do You Think??


Ashford Borough Council has put forward a draft proposal for the village confines of Hamstreet (see image below).

Orlestone Parish Council understand that under Policy HOU3 in Ashford’s Local Plan, development will be allowed to take place within the confines of a settlement.

They also understand that under Policy HOU5 development is allowed to take place outside the confines of a settlement.

Ashford Borough Council wish to apply both policies to Hamstreet. This will result in development being allowed in and out of the village confines.

Orlestone Parish Council have asked that these policies are not applied to Hamstreet – they want to see the existing controls regarding development to continue and that it is harder not easier to build on plots of land.  The proposed draft ‘Village Confines’ is senseless in relation to where development can take place if both policy HOU3 and policy HOU5 is allowed.


Ashford Borough Council are asking for comments on the proposed draft confines of Hamstreet by 11th February 2019. Please pass your comments to Orlestone Parish Council either via post to 37 Hillbrow Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 4QH or via email at stiffells@btinternet.com  Ian Grundy at Ashford Borough Council can be contacted for further details; email ian.grundy@ashford.gov.uk  or  post c/o Ashford Borough Council.

Hamstreet Village Confines poster information


New Playpark Photos

We are very lucky to have a new playpark outside the Victory Hall.  Many thanks to Angela and the Victory Hall commitee for all your hard work, the results are fantastic! The park was recently opened by the vice Mayor of Ashford. Below are some photos of the day, along with some “before” photos. Photo credits to Stuart Pettit.

Vote Now

Each year, Orlestone Parish Council like to recognise someone who has served our community and really made a difference.  We used to present this award at our Annual Assembly in April but wanted do something different this year…

In addition to the OPC Community Award, we would like to introduce a new “Residents Endeavour Award”.  This award will be presented to someone you nominate.  They will then receive their award at our new awards night to be held in March.

If we could ask you to use the form below to nominate either a person, or a group, along with your reasons why and submit to OPC for review.  The award will be presented to the resident with most votes and best reason for nomination.





Download the YourAshford app today!

If you’ve ever been out in the borough and spotted something that needs tidying up, you can now easily and conveniently report this via the Your Ashford app using your mobile device.

But that’s not all. You can also use the Your Ashford app to:

  • Report environmental issues (e.g. fly tipping, dog fouling, etc.)
  • Check recycling and refuse services
  • Report missed bin collections
  • Make payments online (e.g. Council Tax)
  • Find your local councillor
  • Contact the council (there is the option to create an account, so all correspondence will be in one place and both trackable and accessible 24/7).

The Your Ashford app can be downloaded now via Google Play (for those with Android phones) and via the App Store (for those with Apple phones).






And it goes without saying – if you’re out and about in the borough and spot something, don’t ignore it, report it!

You may also report using the ABC website at https://www.ashford.gov.uk/report/ and click on the red “REPORT IT” logo.

Hamstreet Book Swap

The Hamstreet Book Swap is up and running.  Thank you Casey for getting this going and spending time and effort stocking the shelves!  The Book Swap is located in the old village phonebox just outside Bournewood stores on the one-way road.  Feel free to drop in, pick up a good read for the holidays, or just to donate some unwanted novels!

Silent Soldier

After a lot of hard work, the silent soldier was put into place just in time for remembrance day.  The memorial is expected to be a permanent fixture and a focal point for remembrance in the parish for years to come..

Overhanging Trees, Hedges etc

Every year throughout the spring and summer KCC Highways & Transportation receive numerous complaints regarding trees, hedges and other vegetation, which overhang the highway from private property. This matter can pose a number of problems for people trying to

You can see the document here.

Section 106 Latest

Section 106 Funding

Orlestone Parish Council sent a letter to Ashford Borough Council requesting a public meeting so that funding under the 106 agreement for play areas could be discussed fully. Ashford Borough Council were also informed that the Parish Council would be undertaking a survey concerning the funding and a request was made to itemise all funding under the 106 for Hamstreet and what it has been spent on to date.

Ashford Borough Council have advised the Parish Council not to do a survey stating ‘it may result in more confusion and indeed some frustration from those who have already made the effort to respond’ to the previous one.

Today (Thursday 29th September) the Parish Council have received an email which notes that their request for a public open meeting has resulted in Ashford Borough Council organising an open session where they are proposing to show options for spending S106 funding in a visual format by presenting it on display boards. Staff from Ashford Borough Council will be present to explain the options and background and to answer questions from residents on a “one to one” basis. Ashford Borough Council highlight that this way residents will have the opportunity to view the information at their own pace and then ask questions directly with officers etc. and provide feedback when they are ready. They will also provide forms for written feedback. Ashford Borough Council feel that the more traditional method of a formal presentation followed by an answer and question session (which the Parish Council requested) can be difficult to manage and often only benefits those who are comfortable with speaking in public and who “shout the loudest”. They feel this more informal approach will allow all residents attending the open day to engage with the process if they want to.

The open day will be held in Victory Hall on Wednesday 2nd November 2016 from 2pm to 8pm.

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