For many years the economic and social vitality of Wye was focused around the presence of Wye College. The redevelopment of the former college site represents a tremendous opportunity to shape Wye for the future.
These pages outline the project team’s initial thoughts on how development of the former Wye College could come forward.
Who are the architects?
BDB Design is the architects practice appointed to bring forward plans for the former Wye College site. The architects at BDB were behind the local scheme Stonegate Place, which include 22 two and three-bedroom cottage style houses and five-two bedroom apartments.
Both the Wye Neighbourhood Plan and the Tenterden & Rural Sites DPD require the preparation of a Masterplan, to guide development of the former Wye College site.
Like any other planning document, it will be kept under review, and will be an important factor in determining the future form of development at the site. The project team will be drawing up initial thoughts for the Masterplan in collaboration with the local community.
More information regarding the consultation for the Masterplan will be sent to all households within Wye in due course. We anticipate hosting a public exhibition in the new year.
The ADAS site, Squire’s Cottages, the Wolfson Lecture Theatre site on the High St. and the Wolfson House site (the former student accommodation on Upper Bridge St.) will be subject to work undertaken outside of the Masterplan consultation. We expect it will take 6 to 12 months to prepare the Masterplan for the site.
Wye and Hinxhill Parish Council and Telereal Trillium have started discussion over a collaborative approach to the preparation of the new Masterplan for WYE3. To download joint statements please click here.
1. Historic College Buildings
The listed buildings are of both local and national significance; the listed building legislation places an obligation on the owners to maintain the listed buildings in good order, ensure that any alterations and adaptions do not harm their character and appearance as a listed building, and that any new development does not cause harm to their settings.
Following the approval of the Neighbourhood Plan in September 2016, the project team has been in discussion with Ashford Borough Council and Wye & Hinxhill Parish Council over how best to progress with the masterplan for the whole site. As part of this process, we are exploring the possibility of bringing forward proposals for the listed former college buildings early. As part of this consideration, the project team has held a consultation exercise with the village on our emerging proposals to understand your aspirations for the Historic College Buildings within the WYE3 Masterplan.
Following a public exhibition held to discuss the plans for the listed buildings in November 2016 our project team have been working to consider the proposals for this site and the feedback received from the local community. To view copies of the material which was displayed during the consultation click here. To view key document from the submitted planning application please click here.
2. The Wolfson Lecture Theatre site and the Wolfson House site
The Neighbourhood Plan acknowledges that it is appropriate for applications for the sites to be brought forward in advance of the masterplan.
The project team undertook a workshop with the closest neighbours of the sites on Tuesday 15th December 2015 to discuss the emerging proposals. The project team have subsequently submitted the planning applications for both sites. For more information on the plans which have been submitted and the consultation process please click here.
3. ADAS Site
The former use of the ADAS buildings was as offices. The Government has recently confirmed that Permitted Development Rights for Change of Use from offices to residential are to be made permanent.
For this reason we believe this is an appropriate approach to the buildings and will be seeking to confirm the rights. The notification for Prior Approval for a proposed change of use for the buildings at the ADAS site from B1a office use to residential has been received by Ashford Borough Council. To view the documents associated with this application please visit the link here: 15/01602/AS
We believe however that there is a much better scheme than the conversion of the existing buildings and will be looking to engage with the village on this at the appropriate time.
Preparatory works to be undertaken at ADAS site to start from Monday 19th September 2016 – Download more information here.
4. Squire's Cottages
Plans to restore the Squire's Cottages and convert them back to residential use have now been submitted to Ashford Borough Council.
To view more information on the plans please visit our Squires Cottages page.
5. School site
The Free School is a critical part of the overall strategy for the former Wye College campus.
The School’s preference is to remain in the Kempe Centre, its present location, and an expansion plan replacing the temporary buildings on land immediately to the north will be subject to a future planning application.
We are in full agreement with this strategy and appropriate contractual arrangements are currently being finalised for a long lease.
The plans for the former Wye College site will incorporate similar design principles to the Stonegate Place scheme. Some indicative images are included below: