£45m ear­marked to build five schools at Chilm­ing­ton

De­vel­op­ers agree to pro­vide four pri­maries and a sec­ondary

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - By Sam Wil­liams

A mas­sive £45 mil­lion has been se­cured to pro­vide five new schools in Ash­ford.

The fund­ing will come from the de­vel­op­ers be­hind the new Chilm­ing­ton Green hous­ing es­tate, which will be built on fields to the west of the town.

Around half of the money will go to­wards a new sec­ondary school, due to open in 2022/23.

It will be con­structed to the edge of the de­vel­op­ment, just off the A28.

The rest will pro­vide four pri­mary schools: three two-form en­try schools and a one-form en­try school.

A spokesman for Kent County Coun­cil said this week that an “agree­ment has been reached with the de­vel­op­ers, but not yet signed off, for a to­tal con­tri­bu­tion of £45m for education pro­vi­sion in that area.”

They added: “The num­ber of chil­dren need­ing sec­ondary school places in the area will rise be­fore 2022, but there is cur­rently spare ca­pac­ity in other schools in the area, and we an­tic­i­pate that th­ese will be suf­fi­cient to meet de­mand un­til the new school is built.”

De­spite fac­ing fierce op­po­si­tion from the Keep Chilm­ing­ton Green cam­paign, plans for the scheme – Ash­ford’s big­gest ever hous­ing es­tate – were ap­proved in Oc­to­ber 2014 by Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee.

The de­vel­op­ment is be­ing backed by a con­sor­tium of four ma­jor hous­ing firms: Pent­land Homes, Ward Homes, Bar­ratt Homes and Hod­son De­vel­op­ment.

When com­plete, it will in­clude 5,750 new homes, com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties, the new schools, its own high street, a mar­ket square, vil­lage green and cricket field, a su­per­mar­ket and sports pitches.

There will also be a com­mu­nity hub con­tain­ing a vil­lage hall, nurs­ery, youth cen­tre, li­brary, GP surgery and place of wor­ship.

It is es­ti­mated that the new es­tate will gen­er­ate up to 1,000 new jobs and de­liver 3,350 new homes within five years of con­struc­tion.

Work on the site is ex­pected to be­gin in the next few months.

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

Im­pres­sion of pro­posed mar­ket square and 3D aerial shot at Chilm­ing­ton Green

Pic­ture: Michael Tay­lor

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