Plans submitted for 400-home Ashford mixed-use scheme

Plans have been submitted for up to 400 homes, a 600-space truck stop and 8.9 hectares of employment space on a 56.8-hectare site on the edge of Ashford in Kent.

A masterplan visualisation of the development
A masterplan visualisation of the development

Developer GSE Group is behind the hybrid planning application, which has been submitted to Ashford Borough Council.

The application seeks full planning consent for the 600-space truck stop; a 2,612 square metre service building providing 1,734 square metres of truck stop service facilities and 878 square metres of offices; buildings providing 6,308 square metres of business floorspace for small and medium enterprises; associated access, parking and landscaping.

The outline element seeks consent for 8.9 hectares of employment uses; a superstore of up to 2,323 square metres; drive-through restaurants; a petrol filling station and ancillary convenience store, and car showrooms; and up to 400 homes, with neighbourhood retail uses, associated drainage, parking, landscaping and infrastructure.

The site is located at Waterbrook Avenue at Sevington on the southern edge of the town. It is currently home an existing 350-space truck stop and, according to a design and access statement, has been described in the council’s borough landscape character assessment as "an arable and brownfield wasteland".

The document says that the enlarged truck stop would "significantly contribute to providing refuge for the 320 or so lorries found parked illegally each week in Ashford".

The statement says that the council’s emerging local plan allocates to the site "a mix of residential and commercial development together with a relocated and extended commercial lorry parking facility".

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