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Victoria Way development, Ashford is approved

CGI of the Curious Brewery, Ashford

CGI of the Curious Brewery, Ashford

The £55 million redevelopment plans for Victoria Way, Ashford including a new supermarket, flats and brewery have been approved.

The development, which will see the introduction of an Aldi supermarket, built to rent apartments and a brewery was approved by Ashford Borough Council in last night's planning committee meeting.

Applicant HDD Ashford submitted the development plans for the brownfield site opposite Ashford International Station in August.

Chapel Down, who already have a vineyard in Tenterden, will open a £1.25 million Curious Brew Visitor Centre including a restaurant, bar and brewery tours. The visitor centre is expected to be open seven days a week and will have 21 parking spaces on site.

Plans for the site also include a U-shaped block of 200 apartments which will include 48 studio flats, 52 one-bedroom flats and 100 two-bedroom flats built to rent, plus a separate block of 16 flats to be built above three shops.

Ms Arlene van Bosch, from HDD Ashford, said: "We believe that this will have a very positive impact in the town.

"Curious Brew expect to reach up to 500 visitors a day at peak times within three years."

The development is estimated to bring 160 extra jobs, plus 50 jobs in the supply chain.

It is predicted that the apartments will attract a younger demographic, especially those working in London, due to the close proximity of the station and town centre amenities.

Ashford councillors also approved an 18,500 sq ft Aldi supermarket with 93 parking spaces creating 60 new jobs.

Ms van Bosch, from HDD Ashford, spoke about the Aldi brand: "We are providing a new superstore not currently offered in Ashford."

It is estimated that the development will provide £50 million worth of economic growth to Ashford over the next 10 years, with £3.8 million additional revenue spent by residents in the town each year.

The application for a 125-bedroom hotel on the same site will be discussed at next month's planning committee meeting.


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