Plans for 750-home Ashford urban extension submitted

Hybrid plans have been submitted for a 750-home urban extension to Ashford in Kent, of which at least five per cent of the housing would be for self build.

Artists impression of proposed 750 home Ashford urban extension
Artists impression of proposed 750 home Ashford urban extension

Quinn Estates and Redrow Homes are applying for outline permission for 430 homes plus full permission for a further 320 homes, a primary school, a new bowls centre plus a local centre with shops, offices and a gym.

The application is on a greenfield site allocated in Ashford Borough Council’s draft local plan for around 700 homes, with a minimum of five per cent as self build, plus a two-form entry primary school.

A planning statement submitted with the application said: "…the proposed development is consistent with emerging local plan policy to which significant weight can be afforded and that there are no adopted development plan policies that indicate that planning permission ought to be refused.

"Having regard to the National Planning Policy Framework, and the social, economic, and environmental components of national policy, we also conclude that the proposal represents sustainable development."

The proposal relates to a triangular 33-hectare greenfield site bounded on one side by the A2070 Willesborough Road, and the Ashford to Canterbury railway line on another.

The development would aim to include 30 per cent affordable housing in accordance with draft policy S2 of the emerging local plan, according to the developers.

Ashford Council published its main modifications to its local plan on 13 September last year, with a final inspector’s report expected shortly.

In November, the council approved plans for 550 homes, despite a recognition from officers that the site is currently not allocated for residential development.

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