Wednesday, 10 February 2016


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Cllr Tony Shoults Chair of Council
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Cllr Richard Bartley Tel: 01233 811966
Cllr Jasper Bouverie Tel: 07515 861589
Cllr Julie Dod
Cllr Bruce McKay Tel: 01233 813960
Cllr Noel Ovenden Tel: 07802338614
Cllr David Reece Tel: 01233 812130
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Burial Clerk Hilary Evers
Tel: 01233 632671
Wye Benefice Tel: 01233 813793
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    Welcome to Wye

The Parish Council consists of eleven elected councillors* who meet every month (usually on the first Thursday) to discuss issues affecting the immediate area and its inhabitants. These meetings are open to the public. Agendas and minutes are posted on this website. An annual general meeting, where councillors provide a summary of the year’s activities in the village, takes place in mid-May. The village is currently conducting a Neighbourhood Plan - please follow the yellow link for more information about this important development.


The Council also oversees the activities of the Wye Children’s Playing Field Charity (302898) and has representation on the Wye Village Hall and Recreation Ground Charity (number: 302899).

Wye also has an active business association, a village discussion forum, a farmers’ market, and a food festival.

*Wye Parish Council currently has several vacancies. If you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor please contact the Clerk for details.

This home page contains breaking news and important statements about ongoing issues. The date of posting on the site is noted. Please note that the format of the site has recently been changed by KCC and we have lost some information. Various pages are currently being updated. If you require specific information aout any item please contact the Parish Clerk. 




BREAKING NEWS..............

Final Consultation on Neighbourhood Plan now closed

Ashford Borough Council have now completed thier consultation on Wye's NHP. 37 Comments were received during the 8 week period.

You can view the comments on the Ashford Borough Council Website



Tony Shoults reports on the meeting with Telereal Trillium (TT)

The first meeting between councillors and the new owners of WYE3 took place on July 29th. Tony and Noel Ovenden attended for the council and discussed a range of issues with Damien Maloney of TT, David Jarman from Hobb’s Parker and Simon Cole and Richard Alderton, the planners from Ashford Borough Council. Trillium have appointed BDB Architects (including Simon Beck, responsible for the Stonegates scheme) and Lloyd Bore as landscape designers to advise on and protect their interests in the rest of the WYE3 site. They have started discussions with agents for the Free School that has now been offered the Kempe Centre and Hop Garden field as its permanent location. (03/08/2015)

The full report is available from the link below and highlights the importance of the preparation of a new masterplan for WYE3 as stated in the Neighbourhood Plan.



Wye School reaches agreement over Permanent Location.............

The Parish Council learned yesterday that the impasse and uncertainty surrounding the future location of the Wye (Free) School seems to be resolving.

“The Education Funding Agency has reached an agreement for the Kempe Centre and the Hop Field to be the long term home of the school” (Joint statement from Telereal Trillium and the Education Funding Agency.) More Details (25/07/2015)

WYE3 IN NEW OWNERSHIP.............

“The Parish Council received notification yesterday that Imperial College has sold the WYE3 site to Telereal Trillium. Many of you will be aware of this and the press release from Telereal Trillium is attached. They retain Withersdane.

Members of the Parish Council are having an initial meeting with the new owners and their agents early next week; this is currently being arranged through Ashford Borough Council. We will be reporting back on the results of that meeting at the Parish Council Meeting on Thursday 30th July at 19.00 (next week) in the Small Village Hall. Obviously this will be of significant interest to the whole village. While we may have little to report by next week, obviously the meeting will, as usual, be open to the public.

As can be seen from the attached Press Release, Telereal Trillium is a huge organisation and one of the leading property managers and developers in the Country. They have significant expertise in working with government, central and local, and we understand have a strong sense of community and neighbourhood in their work. We are therefore hopeful that they will be a more sympathetic and reasonable organisation with which to deal. Our position in representing you, will as ever be to defend the values & nature of the village and ensure the execution of the Wye Neighbourhood plan and WYE3, to which you have all contributed.

As we know more, and the nature of Telereal Trillium’s proposed development becomes clearer, we will continue the communication process with you through emails, public notices and Parish Council meetings.” (23/07/2015)


The revised Neighbourhood Plan has been submitted to ABC.

They now carry out their own consultation exercise for six weeks after which the plan is assessed by an examiner. So there is still an opportunity to comment on the final version of the plan and this can be done most easily through the ABC consultation portal

ABC have loaded the documents linked below as pdfs and produced a version in their own format as a readable or printable document. Thanks again to all those who have helped to complete the plan by acting as patchworkers or submitting responses to the various questionnaires. (15/06/2015)


Revision of Neighbourhood Development Plan approved by councillors

The revised version of the plan and supporting documents were unanimously approved  for submission to ABC at the June Parish Council meeting.  The numerous documents prepared are available from the links below. Most have been altered following responses made to the pre-submission consultation draft. There is a lot to go through! It is recommended that the main plan document and consultation statement (BD16) should be the first things to read - they are the first and last on the list. The various appendices and background documents may then be dipped into for further detail as required.

If you have any queries about the plan please contact Linda Hedley our Clerk.

The documents will be printed next week and submitted to ABC for examination (5/6/2015).

Plan document



A  Glossary UserFiles/file/Appendix%20A%20Wye%20Neighbourhood%20Development%20Plan%20glossary(1).docx

B  Projects UserFiles/file/Appendix%20B%20Projects%20%20and%20developer%20contributions(1).docx

C  Summary of policies UserFiles/file/Appendix%20C%20Summary%20of%20Neighbourhood%20Development%20Plan%20Policies%209-6.docx

D  VDS planning guidelines UserFiles/file/Appendix%20D%20VDS%20Guidelines(1).docx

E  Planning context  UserFiles/file/Appendix%20E%20%20Planning%20Context%20information%2011-06(1).docx

F  Green spaces designations UserFiles/file/Appendix%20F%20Designation%20of%20Green%20Spaces.docx

G  Outline proposals for WYE3 UserFiles/file/Appendix%20G%20%20Outline%20proposals%20for%20the%20WYE3%20site(1).docx

Background documents

1. Questionnaire results UserFiles/file/Background%20document%20BD1%20Questionnaire%20results(1).docx

2. Workshop output UserFiles/file/Background%20document%20BD2%20Workshop%20output%20and%20community%20engagement(1).docx

3. Environment and the AONB UserFiles/file/Background%20document%20BD3%20Environment%20and%20the%20AONB(1).docx

4. Traffic appraisal  UserFiles/file/Background%20Document%20BD4%20Transport%20and%20traffic%20appraisal(1).docx




5. Employment and Housing  UserFiles/file/Background%20document%20BD5%20Employment%20and%20housing.doc

6. Housing needs survey  UserFiles/file/Background%20document%20BD6%20%20Local%20Housing%20Needs%20Survey(1).pdf

7. Rural economic assessment  UserFiles/file/Background%20document%20BD7%20Rural%20economic%20assessment(2).PDF


8. Village design statement  UserFiles/file/Background%20document%20BD8%20Village%20Design%20Statement(1).pdf

9. Strategic Environmental Assessment  UserFiles/file/Background%20Document%20BD9%20SEA%20document%20for%20WNP.docx

10. Our place  UserFiles/file/Background%20Document%20BD10%20Our%20Place%20Wye%20March%202015.pdf

11. Consultation with landowners  UserFiles/file/Background%20document%20BD11%20Consultation%20with%20landowners.docx

12. Brownfield sites on WYE3  UserFiles/file/Background%20document%20BD12%20Brownfield%20sites%20on%20WYE3(1).pdf

13. Policies for other sites  UserFiles/file/Background%20document%20BD13%20Site%20Policies%20%20for%20WYE1%2C%20WYE2%20and%20Naccolt%20Brickworks.docx

14. Basic conditions statement  UserFiles/file/Background%20document%20BD14%20Basic%20conditions%20statement.docx

15. ABC's SEA/HRA report  UserFiles/file/Background%20Document%20BD15%20SEAHRA%20report(1).pdf

16. Consultation statement  UserFiles/file/Background%20document%20BD16%20%20Consultation%20Statement%2011-06.docx


Meeting about the final draft of the Neighbourhood Plan  held Tuesday May 26th in the Parish Church  The aim of this meeting was to inform parishioners about changes made to the plan following the publication of the consultation documents. A copy of the powerpoint presented is available from the link below.

Download Presentation

The meeting atttracted over 80 parishioners and included a helfpful question and answer session. (29/05/2015)


As Kent turns blue we congratulate Noel Ovenden on his re-election as our independent Borough Councillor.  Noel's efforts have been invaluable on behalf of the Parish and it is good to know he will continue to be speaking up for us on ABC matters.

First meeting of the new Council  The new Council met on Friday May 15th in the Wolfson lecture theatre starting at 7.15pm. In addition to the old hands - Tony Shoults, Richard Bartley, Noel Ovenden and Jasper Bouverie, we welcomed new faces -Bruce Mackay, David Reece and Aidan and Lucy Gillespie. We are still three less than the full cohort  so if you would like to serve the Parish  as a Councillor please contact Tony or Linda Hedley, our Clerk, for further information. (10/05/2015)

The Parish Council has received a very disappointing reply from Mr Stewart Newton, Chairman of the Endowment board.   A copy of his letter is provided on the link


He does not give a specific reply to any of Tony’s comments or questions. It seems that the Endowment Board is being very poorly advised about their Wye estate. There are many mistakes in their response to the Neighbourhood Plan consultation, not least the statement that,

“…. there is brownfield land that can be developed and detailed evidence that WYE3 can comfortably accommodate up to 200 dwellings.”

To equate the greenfield Hop Garden, where most of their 200 houses would be built according to the Masterplan, with a brownfield site is remarkable. Hop is a crop and a garden is a small field after all! Not surprisingly, ABC designate the hop garden as a greenfield site. (30/03/2015)

Chairman Tony Shoults writes to Imperial encouraging some positive action   Tony Shoults has written a letter to the Chairs of the Imperial College Council (Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller) and Imperial College Endowment Board (Mr Stewart Newton). He has expressed the concerns we all have about neglect of their Wye Estates. He urges action on the upkeep of historic buildings, refurbishment of empty sites around the village and completion of discussions about the permanent location of the Free School. (27/03/2015)

Tony's letter is available from the following link -



Consultation on the Neighbourhood Development Plan has closed.  Many thanks to parishioners who have completed the response forms and also to patchworkers for gathering in the information. Detailed responses have been received from  statutory consultees and a selection of these replies is available from the links below -  from Natural England, Network Rail,Imperial and ABC. All responses will be made available as soon as possible.

The responses from Imperial and Natural England provide a good contrast, and conflicting opinions that the Neighbourhood Plan Group will somehow have to reconcile in any revision. Perhaps not surprisingly, Imperial argue that we have not proposed anywhere near enough development on their land, whereas Natural England consider that we may be advocating too much development given Wye's place in the AONB. The Council has always proposed a sustainable scale of development, as is required by National Planning Policy, but aims to protect our sensitive environment. Our basic approach is supported by ABC. Like many parishioners, Network Rail expresses concerns about safety at the level crossing. (21/03/2015)





A meeting to discuss revision of the plan will be held in the Parish church on April 14th at 7.30pm.


OUR PLACE website taking shape (09/03/2015)

For the latest details about the Our Place project and a host of additional information follow this link....


Neighbourhood Plan finished!!

Progress with the Wye with Hinxhill Neighbourhood Development Plan (WNP) has at last reached the stage when we start the formal consultation process.  

The pre-submission consultation draft and all of the numerous appendices and background documents that support the policies are available from the links below.  All of these documents have been sent out to a wide range of consultees including statutory bodies such as Natural England. The next step is for the consultees and all parishioners to respond with comments on the plan.

The consultation period ended on March 13th 2015.

Printed copies of the WNP are available in the Churches in Wye and the libraries in Wye and Ashford.

It should be remembered that neighbourhood plans are planning policy documents and must show how sustainable development will be achieved. The PC believes that, with your help, we have achieved the right balance of mixed development (education, business and housing) for Wye and the surrounding parish. The plan comprises sections describing the parish and highlighting the need to protect our environment and heritage. Core policies cover our six key objectives.

  1. Protection of the village of Wye’s sense of place within the parish and its surrounding countryside
  2. Protection of Wye’s conservation area and architectural heritage
  3. Protection against the impacts of increased traffic
  4. The promotion of business activity
  5. Integration of new affordable and general needs housing within mixed developments 
  6. To achieve the mixed re-development of WYE3

Potential sites for development have been assessed and detailed site policies prepared for WYE3 (the Old College campus) and Naccolt. The plan also covers WYE1 and WYE2 that were allocated for building by ABC.

Finally we have included general policies dealing with the remaining important issues;

  • Community and well-being 
  • Countryside and environment
  • Housing policies 
  • Traffic and transport policies 

Please read the plan and other documents carefully and continue to give us the feedback - we need to revise the plan so that it will be accepted as the planning policy document for the parish until 2030.


 LINKS TO TEXT -Please note some files have been reloaded (12-02) as pdfs rather than word documents

Main Neighbourhood Development Plan Document



Appendix A Glossary


Appendix B  Parish projects


Appendix C  Summary of neighbourhood Plan Policies


Appendix D  Planning guidelines from the Village Design Statement 2000


Appendix E  Planning context comments



 Background Documents (BDs)

BD1 Questionnaire and results


BD2 Workshops and community engagement


BD3 Environment and the AONB


BD4  Traffic appraisal (with additional appendices)




        UserFiles/file/Background%20document%20BD4c%20%20Appendix%20%20Traffic%20survey.xlsx this is also available as a pdf file


BD5 Employment and housing


BD6 Local housing needs survey


BD7 Rural economic assessment



BD8 Village Design Statement (PDF copy)


BD9  Strategic Environmental Assessment


BD10  Our Place


BD11  Consultation with landowners


BD12  Brownfield sites on WYE3


BD13  Site policies for WYE1 and WYE2


BD14 Draft Basic conditions statement


BD15 ABC SEA/HRA screening report



In addition the SEA Scoping document and comments received are also available here




The guide distributed around the parish is as follows



If you have any queries about any aspects of the plan or supporting documents please get in touch with our Clerk in the first instance.

 January 29th



Dedication of the stone commemorating the WW1 airfield in Wye took place Sunday 24th August  at 12.45pm before the opening of the WYE SUMMER FAIR on Churchfield Green 

For full details about this very succesful event contact

Parish Council responds to the traffic appraisal in the Masterplan for WYE3   We have already commented in some detail on earlier drafts of the Masterplan (MP) and have circulated a draft of the Traffic section of our Neighbourhood Plan to Imperial and ABC.  Now, we have provided additional comments on the submitted MP document - follow the link below for details.  The latest  MP document does not address our earlier comments or respond to issues raised in the emerging Neighbourhood Plan. (02/08/2014)



The Council asked MLM consultants to predict the queues to be expected if all of the WYE1, 2 and 3 developments go ahead in full.  Much depends on the patterns of opening and closure of the gates.  Using closures recorded on January 7th and 9th indicates the length of queue we might expect in the morning peak. The diagrams below illustrate how the queues are likely to develop.  They show the impact of existing traffic, fallback (representing the time when Wye College was fully active) and the proposed development with 200 houses on WYE3.

Some queues at the crossing are considered acceptable, but the situation becomes severe when queues fail to disperse if vehicles are unable to clear the crossing once the gates have opened.  The Jan 9th closing times illustrate how bad the situation could become at the crossing.  

We conclude that development will have to be constrained to a level that does not cause severe and unacceptable impacts on the life of our village in the AONB.  We also have to consider that long queues (particularly stretching up Bridge St passed the school entrance) would cause unacceptable delays for emergency services entering (ambulance) and also leaving Wye (from the fire station in Little Chequers)



Parish Council responds to the latest draft of the Masterplan for WYE3  The Council has now sent in a detailed response to the latest version of the Masterplan. The response is available in full from links below. The critique covers the following points:-

1. Traffic and transport effects of new development - the Council's analysis highlights severe impacts on traffic should the scale of development go ahead.
2. Housing - there is still no justification given for the number of dwellings proposed
3. Footprint for the development of housing at appropriate densities - densities are currently too high and the development still extends too far to the North East.
4. Free School playing field and other constraints - the PC argues that the playing field and not houses should be sited in the Hop Garden. Covenants are not considered
5. The distances involved in the concentric walkable village - the Neighbourhood Plan will use the ChurchSt /Bridge St junction as the centre of the village.  WYE3 sites proposed will extend too far to the north east to allow easy walking to the primary school for example.
6. Phasing of any new development and landscape proposals - more detail is needed on these topics particularly the preservation of views into and out of the village.

In preparing our response we have been able to use results obtained by our traffic consultants MLM and assessment of housing densities made by Mark Hanton. (08/03/2014)

Main Text

Summary of queues predicted given crossing closures recorded in January

UserFiles/file/NP%20docs/FILE1%20masterplan%20data%20baseline.pdf traffic modelling data showing flows recorded by Imperial modelled onto the crossing closures observed on Jan 9th

UserFiles/file/NP%20docs/FILE1A%20masterplan%20baseline%20%2BPBA%20assessment%20for%20WYE3(1).pdf Imperial's predicted traffic levels for the WYE3 development modelled onto Jan 9th closures

UserFiles/file/NP%20docs/CROSSING%20DATA%2009-01-2014.docx Level crossing closure data

UserFiles/file/NP%20docs/housing%20numbers%20Feb%202014.pdf  Housing density analysis






This is the official site for Parish Council information. For more informal updates on activities in Wye and a whole range of local debates, please have a look at Our Place Wye, Wyeweb and Jasper Bouverie's blog.

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