‘Af­ford­able’ homes plan wins ap­proval

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE - by Kirsty Parkin

Town cen­tre hous­ing de­vel­op­ment aimed at first-time buy­ers

A NEW de­vel­op­ment which will pro­vide af­ford­able hous­ing on the out­skirts of Ash­ford has been given the go ahead.

The de­vel­op­ment will be built on brown­field land in West Street and East Street.

It will pro­vide 48 af­ford­able homes ideal for first-time buy­ers on a shared own­er­ship ba­sis.

Th­ese will be a com­bi­na­tion of one-bed­room and two-bed­room flats and three-bed­room maisonettes.

There will be two three-bed­room houses.

The homes will also be avail­able for lo­cal peo­ple to rent as hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion prop­er­ties.

Two prop­er­ties in East Street will be de­mol­ished to make way for the de­vel­op­ment.

Ap­proval was given at a meet­ing of the plan­ning com­mit­tee on Wed­nes­day.

The plans came be­fore coun­cil­lors in Jan­uary but a de­ci­sion was de­ferred due to con­cerns about whether the build­ing would be im­pos­ing on neigh­bours and the sky­line.

A sun­light study was then car­ried out af­ter neigh­bours com­plained the seven-storey build­ing would block out nat­u­ral light.

How­ever, the study showed this would not be the case and that the build­ing would not be taller than other build­ings in the town.

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