Council reveals 12,000 new homes vision for borough
Ashford is set to be encircled by 12,000 new houses after the council revealed its development strategy up to 2030.
The 296-page draft Local Plan has earmarked sites in an expansive arc which stretches from Kennington in the north west to Chilmington Green in the south.
In particular, the strategy has identified a further 5,035 new homes across the borough, on top of the sites already approved in previous plans.
The vision has been set out by Ashford Borough Council’s head of planning and development, Simon Cole, in a report to be discussed by cabinet committee members.
If the cabinet members approve the recommendations it will lead to an eightweek public consultation where residents, businesses and community groups can comment on the plans.
In his report Mr Cole states the plan will give a framework from which councillors and officers can decide major planning applications in the next 14 years.
I t will replace existing strategies in place for the expansion of Ashford, with the exception of the Chilmington Green Action Plan, where 6, 000 homes will be built. Mr Cole said that the council identified the need for the homes in 2011, based on inward migration to the town, in particular from London due to the highspeed rail and other transport links.
He wrote: “The publication of the Draft Local Plan to 2030 represents a key milestone in the preparation of a new and updated planning policy base for the development in the borough.”
In Kennington land to the west of Trinity Road stretching as far as Sandyhurst Lane has been pencilled in for up to 300 homes.
Off Willesborough Road, 700 homes have been allocated for the controversial ‘Big Burton’ estate.
The expansion along the A2070 continues with a further 120 homes planned to the Conningbrook Lakes development, on top of the 300 homes already approved there.
At Willesborough Lees there are plans for 200 homes south of the William Harvey Hospital, joining the A20.
South east of Ashford there are plans for 300 new homes at Waterbrook which will link with the 1,200 homes planned at Finberry.
At Kingsnorth there could be 320 new homes on land at Steeds Lane and Bond Lane and a further 100 homes in Pound Lane.
The largest new estate is proposed at Court Lodge Farm, where 950 homes could be built alongside a new community centre with shops, meeting hall and a two-form entry primary school.
Ashford Borough Council’s cabinet will discuss the report at a meeting in the Civic Centre in Tannery Lane tonight at 7pm.
Council planning policy manager Simon Cole