Hun­dreds of homes set for go-ahead on former power site

Mix of flats and houses with cafe and open space

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Latest Housing Plans Revealed - By Vicky Cas­tle

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

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