Sandyhurst Lane Residents' Association (SLRA) was founded in 1983 to act as a voice for the residents of Sandyhurst Lane, Ashford and the adjacent area.

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Sandyhurst Lane is situated on the northern outskirts of Ashford, and forms the south-eastern boundary of the Westwell Parish, enjoying a relatively unspoilt rural location amid some of Kent's most beautiful countryside. Of the 340 residential properties covered by the SLRA, 92 are within the Westwell Parish.

Amenities within the area include Sandyacres Sports and Social Centre, the 18-hole Ashford Golf Club, walking access to the renowned SSI designated Ashford Warren and Hoads Wood wildlife area, and, at the junction with Maidstone Road (A20), the Hare and Hounds public house.  

The SLRA has been active for over thirty years representing the collective interests of the residents of the Lane and its neighbourhood, actively campaigning on behalf of our members on numerous local issues, always with the principal aim of our Constitution – “to protect the rural character of the area” in mind.

We also have ten active Neighbourhood Watch schemes covering the whole SLRA area.

For further information or to join the SLRA go to:  or email us at  

Lenacre Hall Farm Planning Appeal:
Survey of Members’ views on proposed development at Lenacre Hall Farm
Brief history
In October 2017, Millwood Designer Homes Ltd applied for planning permission for 89 dwellings (since amended to 79) to be built on land at Lenacre Hall Farm, Sandyhurst Lane. The application (number 17/01613/AS) is for outline planning permission for 58 dwellings and full planning permission for 21 dwellings. It represents possibly the largest single application ever made for housing development in the Lane. (The previous largest application was for 66 dwellings in Hoads Wood Gardens in 1991, eventually reduced to 30 dwellings in 1995). This Lenacre Hall Farm application is still undecided.
Meanwhile, in March 2018, Millwood Designer Homes Ltd submitted a second planning application (number 18/00413/AS). This time it was for full planning permission for the 21 dwellings previously included in the October 2017 application.
The second application for 21 dwellings was considered by Ashford Borough Council’s Planning Committee (ABCPC) on 18 July 2018 and was refused. The strength of the views expressed by the local community was a major factor influencing this refusal. This included evidence from the SLRA based upon a survey of members which took place in November 2017.
As recently advised to members, Millwood Designer Homes Ltd have now lodged an appeal against ABCPC’s refusal decision. This will be determined by an appeal hearing, the date of which has now been changed to 19 November 2019. Previous submissions will be taken into account, but any new evidence, or amendments to previous evidence may be submitted by 4 October 2019.
The SLRA will be submitting new evidence and we are planning to include the results of a fresh opinion survey of members.
We believe this is justified in view of substantial changes over the last two years; not least the adoption of the Ashford Local Plan 2030 and the development of the Boughton Aluph & Eastwell Neighbourhood Plan.  Changes to the timing and routing of the local bus services will also impact on the accessibility of local services for those without their own transport.
SLRA Survey
We are therefore repeating the survey which was held in 2017 and would ask members to spend a few minutes completing the survey in order that we can provide an up to date summary of members’ views in our submission to the appeal.
The survey is available HERE and it would be appreciated if you could complete this as soon as possible and by Saturday 28 September at the latest.

In addition, it is important that members should comment directly as individuals if they wish to make any NEW comments, modify, add to or withdraw earlier comments (please do not re-submit any previous comments).

This can be done:
online at:,  
by email to:
by post to:    Planning Inspectorate, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN.

It is essential to quote the reference number APP/E2205/W/19/3220880.

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