Ap­proval for new homes at garage site

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - What’s On -

Seven­teen new homes will be built at a for­mer garage in Sha­dox­hurst.

The ap­pli­ca­tion, sub­mit­ted by Or­bit Homes, was ap­proved by mem­bers of Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee at their meet­ing last Wed­nes­day (Au­gust 20).

Plans in­clude the de­mo­li­tion of the ex­ist­ing garage, in Wood­church Road, which was used to ser­vice ve­hi­cles and the sale of sec­ond­hand cars, and the erec­tion of a mix of two, three, four and five-bed­room houses with as­so­ci­ated park­ing.

Ward mem­ber Cllr Aline Hicks (Con) said: “I’m rea­son­ably in favour. The (cur­rent) site is ap­palling and has fallen into dis­re­pair.

“We’ve had re­ports of van­dals and ro­dents in the area. The only use for the site is res­i­den­tial hous­ing.”

De­spite a num­ber of ob­jec­tions – in­clud­ing con­cerns over high den­sity and sug­ges­tions that the space would be bet­ter used for com­mer­cial dwellings – the ap­pli­ca­tion was ap­proved.

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