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CGI of Victoria Road, Ashford

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Plans to transform Victoria Road, Ashford are submitted to council

CGI of Victoria Road, Ashford

CGI of Victoria Road, Ashford

Ashford Borough Council has received a planning application for 660 new homes, shared public spaces and a cafe to be built in the centre of Ashford town centre.

The proposal has been put together by two developers - U+I, based in London and Quinn Estates, based in Canterbury. Their plan is to develop the former Powergen site, off Victoria Road, into a mix of one, two, and three-bedroom flats, plus 25 houses, with two-thirds of them expected to be rented. The development would also include 500 car parking spaces and 600 cycle spaces.

The planning application was received by the council last week and requests planning permission for a two phase development of five plots, specifically full planning permission for the first phase, and outline planning permission for plots two-five.

If the proposal is approved, phase one would see the construction four blocks of flats on plots one and two, which would sit either side of Victoria Road. The development would provide 400 homes, underground car parking, communal green spaces and landscaping, plus a 61sqm pop-up style shop or cafe unit. However prior to construction several existing and empty buildings will need to be demolished first.

The planning statement for the development states: “The proposed scheme will deliver 660 much needed residential homes to the Ashford housing market.

“The site is located in such a way that as residents travel out of the town centre towards the site there is a sense that they are moving from a more urban area to one that feels more semi-rural.

“This has been acknowledged in the development of the design; the strategy that has been employed is for the buildings in plots closer to the town centre (plots one and two) to be larger in scale and have a more metropolitan feel, whereas the buildings in plots three, four and five will reduce in scale.”

Plans to transform the wasteland, close to Ashford International railway station, were first revealed in October 2015 at two public consultations.

Developers said they hoped the project would attract London commuters as part of efforts to boost the local economy.

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