Hundreds of homes set for go-ahead on former power site
Mix of flats and houses with cafe and open space
Councillors are expected to approve a development for 660 new homes, shared public spaces and a cafe in the centre of Ashford.
Developers U+I, based in London, and Quinn Estates, based in Canterbury, submitted plans for a mix of flats and houses built on three parcels of empty land off Victoria Road, on the former Powergen site.
The proposals will be discussed at an Ashford Borough Council (ABC) planning meeting next Wednesday when members are expected to give the green light.
The homes would consist of one, two, and three-bedroom flats, plus 25 houses, with twothirds of them expected to be rented.
There is currently no intention to provide affordable housing within the development.
Permission for the hybrid planning application would require the scheme to be built in two phases.
The application seeks full planning permission for the first phase and outline planning permission for the second.
If councillors approve the project, phase one would include 400 homes, several communal green spaces, underground car parking and associated landscaping works.
A 61 sq m pop-up-style shop or cafe unit would also be included in plot two and would be close to the path that leads from the town centre into Victoria Park in a bid to “attract as many passers-by as possible”.
Outline planning permission is also sought for a further 260 homes on land between Victoria Road and the river.
If the plans are approved, developers would be required to agree to 68 conditions and contribute more than half a million pound of section 106 funding for community projects.
This includes £275,000 towards education provision specifically at Repton Park primary school and Highworth, £270,000 towards improvements in Victoria Park and £5,000 towards parking controls in neighbouring residential streets.
To view the plans, click here for ABC’s planning websiteand search 15/01671/AS.
An artist’s impressions of the development on the Powergen site