Plans approved for 150 new homes as part of Ashford's commercial quarter

Posted 18 September 2014

Up to 150 new homes will be developed as part of the first phase of plans to develop a dynamic new business hub in the heart of Ashford in Kent, which moved a step closer to fruition this week, after planners gave the project the go-ahead.

The Commercial Quarter, a mixed-use scheme which will be situated a stone’s throw from Ashford’s International Station, where the high-speed domestic rail service to London St Pancras takes just 38 minutes, will offer the potential to deliver up to 55,000sqm prime office space, in addition to new residential properties, including a proportion of affordable homes.

Public realm works on the scheme, which will also include enhanced pedestrian routes from the railway station and International House to the town centre, is expected to start later this year.

“The Commercial Quarter is one of our priority projects and will be important in ensuring the balanced growth of our town centre,” says Cllr Gerry Clarkson, Leader of Ashford Borough Council.

He adds: “Its significance has already been acknowledged by central government and approval of the detailed plans for the public realm works means the first phase of the development can start to be delivered.”

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