Plans on show for £150m homes and truck­stop scheme

Devel­op­ers re­veal pro­pos­als for site

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - By Ai­dan Bar­low

Devel­op­ers will re­veal de­tailed plans for the build­ing of new homes, a busi­ness park and 600-space truck­stop in Ash­ford at an ex­hi­bi­tion next week.

GSE De­vel­op­ments is be­hind the £150 mil­lion scheme at Water­brook Av­enue in Sev­ing­ton, where it will build its own head­quar­ters along with other build­ings for busi­nesses.

The 150-acre site off the Or­bital Park round­about is al­ready home to a 300-space lorry park which will be de­mol­ished and moved to the eastern side of the site, next to the rail­way.

The site is home to the gov­ern­ment’s Driver and Ve­hi­cle Stan­dards Agency and will soon be home to a £9 mil­lion Jaguar Land Rover deal­er­ship for the Bar­retts Mo­tor Group.

The de­vel­op­ment sits across the rail­way line from the Sev­ing­ton site, where plans to build new ware­houses and a link road to the new Junc­tion 10a of the M20 have al­ready been ap­proved.

Now GSE De­vel­op­ments is of­fer­ing mem­bers of the pub- lic a chance to see the over­all plan for the site, which has been ear­marked for as many as 350 homes in Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil’s re­vised lo­cal plan.

The new houses would con­nect to the Fin­berry hous­ing es­tate, where 1,200 houses are be­ing built by de­vel­oper Crest Ni­chol­son.

A spokesman for GSE De­vel­op­ments said: “Our plans in­clude pub­lic open spa­ces and a larger Ash­ford In­ter­na­tional Truck­stop, which will al­most dou­ble the size of the ex­ist­ing fa­cil­ity. It is aimed at re­duc­ing the overnight park­ing of lor­ries and HGVs on Ash­ford’s roads. Mem­bers of our team will be on hand to ex­plain and an­swer ques­tions at the pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion will be held in the of­fices of the Kent In­victa Cham­ber of Com­merce at Ash­ford Busi­ness Point, Water­brook Av­enue, Sev­ing­ton, on Thurs­day, July 27, from 1pm to 8pm.

The Water­brook de­vel­op­ment has been ear­marked for up to 350 homes in the re­vised lo­cal plan

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