Flats plan for pub to be de­cided on soon

Kentish Express Ashford & District - East Kent Property - - HOMESNEWS -

Con­tro­ver­sial plans to knock down a his­toric Kent pub to build flats are ex­pected to be de­cided be­fore Christ­mas.

De­vel­op­ers want to build a five-storey block in place of the ne­glected Prince Al­bert in New Street, Ashford, which be­came derelict af­ter clos­ing in 2008. The build­ing is widely con­sid­ered to have be­come an eye­sore in the town.

White­haven Es­tates have now re­vealed a new im­age of their scheme af­ter first sub­mit­ting the plans to Ashford Bor­ough Coun­cil ear­lier this year.

They want to build 14 two-bed­room flats and com­mer­cial space for shops or of­fices on the ground floor. Pub­lic com­ments have been in­vited and the plans are now ex­pected to be de­cided by the coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee at its next meet­ing or dur­ing De­cem­ber.

The derelict pub, which was also once known as the Prince of Orange, was gut­ted by fire in 2014.

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