Park­ing con­cern as of­fice block con­verts to flats

Per­mis­sion granted for homes on three floors

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

Twenty-one new homes will be cre­ated in Ash­ford’s town cen­tre.

Plan­ning per­mis­sion has been granted to trans­form Trafal­gar House, in El­wick Road, from an of­fice block into 21 flats.

The pro­posal, sub­mit­ted by An­thony Prop­erty Com­pany, sought to con­vert floors one, two and three of the four-storey build­ing into 18 one-bed­room flats and three stu­dio flats.

Each one-bed­room flat will con­sist of an open-plan kitchen and liv­ing room, dou­ble bed­room, bath­room and stor­age space.

Ac­cess to the build­ing will re­main the same, with an en­trance hall from the ground floor.

No al­ter­ations are pro­posed for the ground floor level but

‘If each flat has a car, or two cars, let’s es­ti­mate 30 cars in to­tal. Where are they go­ing to park?’

an ad­di­tional seven car park­ing spa­ces will be added to the build­ing’s present 14.

The project was given prior ap­proval by coun­cil­lors from Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee.

Every­one on the com­mit­tee apart from coun­cil­lors Bren­dan Chilton (Lab), Bob David­son (Lib Dem), Bernard Heyes (Con), Tina Heyes (Con) and Jim Wedg­bury (Con) agreed on the ap­pli­ca­tion.

Cllr Chilton, ward mem­ber for Stan­hope, said: “I voted against it be­cause the con­ver­sion to dwellings pro­vides no park­ing for res­i­dents.

“There will be 21 flats and, if you go on the as­sump­tion that each flat has a car, or two cars, let’s es­ti­mate 30 cars in to­tal. Where are they go­ing to park?”

Trafal­gar House in­cludes re­tail space on the ground floor and of­fice ac­com­mo­da­tion on the first floor and above.

It is the home of Con­nex­ions Kent and Med­way, an or­gan­i­sa­tion which sup­ports young peo­ple with ca­reer ad­vice, and for­mally housed the Tiny Tots shop, which closed ear­lier this year.

All the re­tail units on the ground floor are va­cant, as are the first and third floors.

What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­

The Bak­ers Court devel­op­ment un­der con­struc­tion in North Street, Ash­ford

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