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Ashford's new development scheme to include Aldi and Chapel Down brewery

CGi of the proposed Chapel Down Brewery

CGi of the proposed Chapel Down Brewery

Proposals for a multimillion-pound regeneration scheme for Victoria Road, Ashford includes a new supermarket, hotel, flats and a brewery.

The plans for the brownfield site near Ashford International Station will see the arrival of an 18,500 sq ft Aldi store with 93 car parking spaces, as well as a 125-room hotel.

The scheme also includes a seven-storey block of flats offering up to 200 rental apartments for commuter tenants, comprising 48 studio apartments, 52 one-bedroom and 100 two-bedroom apartments.

The majority of the apartments will be in one U-shaped block, while the remaining 16 flats will be housed in a smaller five-storey block on top of three spaces for shops or offices.

In addition to this Chapel Down will be building a new £1.25 million brewery and visitor centre, which will incorporate tours as well as a restaurant and bar overlooking the beer-making process.

The development consortium, which is fronted by Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners, has been in talks with Ashford Borough Council since December about the plans, and believes the development will have a massive economic boost for the town.

The company believes the project will create almost 500 jobs in total with 245 temporary construction jobs across the build; 160 permanent full-time jobs in the hotel, shops, Aldi and brewery; more than 50 jobs in the supply chain for these businesses and a further 40 jobs elsewhere in the town.

Overall, the scheme is estimated to cost £55 million, however the value of economic growth it should bring to the town over the next 10 years is £50 million. It would also generate £3.8 million of additional revenue being spent by residents in the town each year.

The plans are available to view on the planning section of the Ashford Borough Council website - http://planning.ashford.gov.uk/.

Planning officers are expected to make a determination on the scheme by Monday, October 31.

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