£150m scheme shown to pub­lic

De­vel­op­ers hop­ing to build 600-space lorry park and up to 400 houses

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

De­vel­op­ers have put on show mul­timil­lion-pound plans to dou­ble the size of a lorry park and build hun­dreds of houses.

GSE Group and DHA Plan­ning re­vealed a first glimpse of their plans for the Water­brook site, to the east of Ashford, at a pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion last week.

The dis­play at the Kent In­victa Cham­ber of Com­merce re­vealed that work to build a 600-space truck stop at the 150-acre site could be­gin in Jan­uary.

Plans will soon be put to the coun­cil as part of a hy­brid ap­pli­ca­tion in­clud­ing up to 400 houses, along with drive-through res­tau­rants, busi­ness units and a petrol sta­tion at the site off the A2070.

Work would start on build­ing the new in­ter­na­tional truck stop to the east­ern edge of the site, while the ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties re­main open. The work will co­in­cide with the con­struc­tion of the new Junc­tion 10a of the M20.

The de­vel­op­ers say hous­ing will be screened from the truck stop by a “lin­ear park” and no homes will be built un­til the M20 works are fin­ished in May 2020.

Jaguar Land Rover has al­ready con­firmed it will open a £9 mil­lion deal­er­ship un­der the Bar­retts Mo­tor Group brand at the The de­vel­op­ment is planned for the Water­brook Park site site but de­tails of other busi­nesses have not been re­vealed.

GSE Group will also build its own head­quar­ters as part of the £150 mil­lion de­vel­op­ment, and seeks to sub­mit its plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to the coun­cil by Septem­ber.

Ini­tial plans re­veal that the busi­ness park and res­tau­rants will be built to the north of the site, along­side the A2070 and op­po­site the Or­bital Park, while the hous­ing de­vel­op­ment will con­nect to the Fin­berry es­tate in the south.

But the plans are likely to be changed be­fore the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion is put to Ashford Bor­ough Coun­cil. Go to www.wa­ter­brook­park. co.uk to see the pro­pos­als

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