Welcome to the Tenterden Neighbourhood Plan

The Tenterden Neighbourhood Plan contains a vision for the future of Tenterden Parish and sets out planning policies to realise this vision. The Neighbourhood Plan has successfully progressed through rigorous consultation and examination to ensure it meets the community’s needs. It’s now your chance to vote on it.

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A Referendum will be held on 15 August 2024 for residents of Tenterden and St Michael’s. 

How to vote

Voting is open to all residents of Tenterden and St Michaels, aged 18+, who are on Ashford Borough Council’s electoral register. If you are not currently registered but would like to vote, you can apply here. It only takes 5 minutes.

In-person voting

If you are registered to vote, you will receive a polling card in the post in early August with details of your designated polling station. You must bring photo ID to vote.

Date:        Thursday 15th August 2024

Time:       7am to 10pm

Polling Stations:

St Mildred’s Church Hall
Church Road, Tenterden TN30 6AT

Trinity Baptist Church Hall
Ashford Road,  Tenterden TN30 6LR

Rainbow Room, Tenterden Leisure Centre
Recreation Ground Road, Tenterden TN30 6RA

St Michael’s Village Hall
Grange Road, St Michaels TN30 6DU

Postal voting

If you applied for a postal vote just for the election on 4 July, you need to reapply if you wish to vote by post for the Neighbourhood Plan Referendum. However, if you applied for a permanent postal vote, you will automatically receive a postal vote for the Referendum.

If you want to register for a postal vote you must do so by 5 pm on 31st July. Register here.

Postal votes are due to be sent on Friday, 2nd August. If you are worried that you may not have time to receive and return your postal vote, you can apply for a proxy vote instead.

If you have queries about a postal vote which you have already received, please telephone 01233 330402.

Proxy voting

Proxy voting enables someone else, who is also a registered voter, to vote on your behalf. They must be registered to vote and eligible to vote in the type of election you appoint them for. If you are registered to vote, then you can apply online for a proxy vote here. The deadline for applications is 5 pm on 7th August.  Applicants for proxy votes will be required to provide their National Insurance Number (NINO) or a reason it cannot be provided as part of their application.

Results of the vote

The result of the Referendum will be announced on Monday 19th August. The result will be shared here, on social media, Tenterden Town Council’s website and Ashford Borough Council’s website.

Get in touch

If you have any questions concerning voting, please contact Ashford Borough Council:

Email: vote@ashford.gov.uk

Phone:  01233 330402

Below, you’ll find our handy FAQs and the Neighbourhood Plan documents, which you can view and download. If you’d prefer to look through a paper copy you can find addresses below for where you can view a printed version.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Tenterden Neighbourhood Plan?

The Neighbourhood Plan is a legally binding planning document that protects local green spaces and ensures that the right types of development are built in the right places. If voted for by residents, it would give the local community more control over developments across the Tenterden parish area. It will be used alongside Ashford Borough Council’s Local Plan.

The plan has been created by residents and experts with support from Tenterden Town Council and Ashford Borough Council. 

Find out more about the Neighbourhood plan here.

Why is the Neighbourhood Plan important?

The Tenterden Neighbourhood Plan, if voted in, will be a set of legally binding policies that would:

  • Protect nine local green spaces
  • Protect sports and recreation grounds
  • Support business and tourism
  • Ensure future development conserves and enhances biodiversity
  • Ensure any new developments are high quality and sensitively designed 
  • Ensure appropriate shop front and advertisement design in the High Street

The Plan also includes a Design Code specifically written for fringe development to hold developers to the highest design standards.

What issues are addressed by the neighbourhood plan?

The plan covers a wide range of issues, including:

  • The intrinsic character and beauty of the surrounding countryside, especially the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
  • The important green infrastructure within and beyond the town
  • Wildlife and habitats and the issue of seeking net biodiversity gains from development
  • Achieving high quality development which fits well within the local context
  • Accommodating strategic housing sites allocated in the 2030 Local Plan
  • Designated and non-designated heritage assets, such as the four Conservation Areas and the large numbers of listed buildings
  • Local businesses in Tenterden town centre as well as the rural economy
  • Leisure facilities and other local infrastructure
  • Routeways and sustainable transport
Which areas will be influenced by the plan?

The area to which the plan policies apply is the area covered by Tenterden Town Council. Some of the neighbourhood plan policies are general and apply across the plan area, while others are site or area specific and apply only to the certain areas.

Why do we need to vote for the plan?

All neighbourhood plans must undergo a three-step process of consultation, examination, and referendum in order to be approved and adopted. This ensures that the plan is rigorous and represents the community’s needs. The plan must receive a majority vote to be adopted. 

Do I need to read all of the plan in order to vote?

The Plan and Design Code are extensive documents and you do not have read them to vote. You can just read the green boxes in the document, which distil the key information.

Am I eligible to vote?

Voting is open to all residents of Tenterden and St Michaels who are on Ashford Borough Council’s electoral register. 

What if the Plan doesn’t get the majority vote?

If the referendum is not passed, the Plan will be withdrawn and have no further weight in the planning process. 

I have another question

If you have any further questions, please email: Townhall or call Tenterden Town Council on 01580 762271 and the staff will be happy to help.

Read the Tenterden Neighbourhood Plan

Click the button to download the full Tenterden Neighbourhood Plan or view it in the flipbook (right). If printing the plan, please scale to A3 paper for best legibility.

Download The Plan by Section

Section 1:


Section 4:

TNP Strategy

Section 2:

Tenterden Today

Section 5:

TNP Policies

Section 3:

Tenterden’s Future

Section 6:

Monitor & Review

Appendix 1:

Tenterden Design Code

Appendix 2 & 3:

Non-Designated Heritage Assets and Associate Projects

Printed copies of the plan are available to view at the following locations:

  • Tenterden Gateway (ask a librarian)
    2 Manor Row, Tenterden, TN30 6HP
  • Ashford Borough Council Offices
    Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford, TN23 1PL

If you have any questions or need more information, please call the Town Hall on 01580 762271 and the staff will be happy to help.