A new aerial view of Wye from north of the church taken by the village -based company High Flying Productions
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. The Council Office, where the clerk can be contacted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday mornings, is situated in the neighbouring parish of Brook. 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 Parish Council currently has a vacancy. 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.
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. http://www.telerealtrillium.com 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)
WYE CENTRE OPEN DAY Saturday July 8th
Councillor David Reece and his WYE CENTRE team organised an excellent event combining a wide range of activities and stalls with an important exhibition of the plans for the development of the Hall complex.
The weather was wonderful, encouraging a very good turnout and successful fundraising to the tune of £3,000+. Importantly, at least 270 members of the village and nearby inhabitants visited the Small Hall, saw the design options for the refurbishment and expansion of the halls, and left comments and suggestions. There was overwhelming support for the more expensive Option Two, a third hall, which will be the Youth Hall. Your comments will help the group to refine the design, and serve to convince funders that the village is truly engaged with the project. The enthusiasm of the village towards the Wye Centre project is obvious.
Photos of the Small Hall and exhibition
The design options will be on display in Wye Church from Tuesday 21 July until 13 August, and David will be happy to take further comments.
Within a short time, the serious work of building applications and fund-raising will have begun! (22/07/2015)
Parish Council comments on the Free School planning applications
The planning applications about the temporary location of the Free School until 2018 were discussed in detail at the last PC meeting. The Council has now submitted responses to ABC as provided in the link below.
There is great concern about the failure of all parties to reach a decision on the permanent location of the school in Wye. Imperial have received offers from the Education Funding Agency but have not given their decision, leaving the school to have to propose further temporary occupation of the restrictive Kempe Centre site without any adjacent sports field. The school is expected to grow in the temporary accommodation until it reaches 450 pupils. The Council concluded that several features of the application are unsatisfactory and that the temporary extension must not extend beyond 2018.
It is recommended that the application should be referred back to the school’s agents for further consideration before it is presented to the ABC Planning Committee. (09/07/2015)
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).
D VDS planning guidelines UserFiles/file/Appendix%20D%20VDS%20Guidelines(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
1. Questionnaire results UserFiles/file/Background%20document%20BD1%20Questionnaire%20results(1).docx
3. Environment and the AONB UserFiles/file/Background%20document%20BD3%20Environment%20and%20the%20AONB(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
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
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.
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.
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;
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.
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 wyeweb.org
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)
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
Latest Newsletters Richard Bartley continues to scoop the official website with his excellent newsletters! The latest documents are available from the links below. If you wish to be added to the emailing list please contact the Clerk with your details. I am sure everyone will agree that they are very valuable publications, complementing the website and filling in important detail. (19/01/2014)
If you wish to receive our newsletters electronically please contact our Clerk Linda Hedley –all she needs is your email address.
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 wyeweb and Jasper Bouverie's blog.