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New housing development to transform Victoria Way, Ashford

On Monday 26 October a public exhibition was held in Ashford’s County Square shopping centre to consult on plans for a new major housing development in the town.

The exhibition displayed artist impressions of the proposed new homes designed for the brownfield site off Victoria Way. The development plans include around 600 one, two and three bedroom apartments, plus 25 houses on the former Powergen site.

The scheme, if approved, will provide modern living for around 900 people. With a location so close to the town's international station, the developers are hoping that it will attract London commuters.

Dan Marsden from Quinn Estates, who are behind the project, said: "We are looking to transform a fairly ugly brownfield site to a real destination for people to live in Ashford.

"We are turning something from nothing basically into a target destination for 900 economically active people to live, right by the train station. We are hoping to draw people from London to spend money in Ashford."

Following the consultation, Quinn Estates are hoping to submit a planning application to Ashford Borough Council within the next few weeks.

The allocated land for this development has been vacant for several years, with developers Zed Homes originally having planning permission back in 2008 to develop it into a mixed use site of 1,000 homes, a supermarket and multi-storey car park.

These new site plans are part of the regeneration strategy for Ashford, which also includes a new cinema, hotel, bars and restaurants, modern college and a commercial quarter.

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