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Footpath going!

Aylesham Development Application -  DOV/16/00180 – housing next to the school off Dorman Ave North, which involves


Loss of informal (not registered as right of way) pedestrian access/footpath  which runs along the school boundary between Dorman Avenue North and a car parking area at Newman Road and Vale View Road  - currently blocked off by the Developers, prior to starting construction.


The Planning Officer has provided the following information.


·       “This route could be retained within the development; however, I do not consider that such a route would be appropriate in planning terms, as it would be unmade (bare earth), narrow, and would leave the dwellings which back onto it vulnerable to crime.


·       In contrast, the submitted plans include a public route through the site which, whilst not quite as direct as the existing path, would provide a safer route between the two points, would be paved (improving accessibility for push chairs, wheelchairs etc.), and would benefit from natural surveillance from the dwellings and street lighting.


·        I do not, therefore, consider that I could sustain an objection (about loss of the current informal pedestrian access/footpath along the school boundary) to the plans on this basis.”



Send any comments, with application number, DOV/16/00180, to



Post: Planning Department, Dover District Council, White Cliffs Business Park, Dover, Kent, CT16 3PJ


From: DDC Cllr Linda Keen, 24 March 2016