Allen Scott were commissioned by Ashford Borough Council to help steer, refine and complete their Open Space Strategy as part of the Local Plan Review. The strategy identifies strategic recommendations to be adopted by the council and its partners to ensure there are agreed priorities to meet current and projected demand. The overall proposals focus on ensuring that any current or projected shortfalls in open space provision are prioritised during the life of the new Local Plan.
The strategy deliberately separates the urban and rural areas of the borough, to allow for the different contexts and pressures of development. The strategy also details key issues for the urban and rural areas which are considered and addressed within the strategic recommendations. The adopted “hub approach” enables the council to maximise capital and revenue funding and ensures residents have access to suitable facilities within an acceptable travel time.