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Chair of South Ashford Community Forum

Homeplus site application

A planning application has been submitted for the site of the Homeplus Store at the junction of Beaver Road and Avenue Jacques Faucheux. The application follows a consultation event at the Stour Centre in May.

The proposal for 214 apartments, 9 townhouses, 3 commercial units plus a rooftop restaurant have been submitted by A Better Choice for Property Development Ltd, Ashford Borough Council’s property investment vehicle.

The application, case reference 19/01597/AS, can be examined on the Ashford Borough Council planning website:

Election Candidates

The names of candidates for the Ashford Constituency in the parliamentary election to be held on 12 December 2019 were announced yesterday.

Make sure you are registered to vote.

Name of candidateDescription (if any)
DE SANVIL, Susannah LouiseIndependent
FARRELL, DaraLabour Party
GEE-TURNER, Adrian JohnLiberal Democrats – To stop Brexit
GREEN, Damian HowardThe Conservative Party Candidate
ROSSI, MandyThe Green Party

Register to vote by 26 November

The deadline to register to vote in the UK Parliamentary general election on 12 December is 26 November.

How to register to vote

Registering to vote online is the easiest and quickest way.

It only takes five minutes, and all you need is your national insurance number.

If you’re unable to register online, you can apply by post. Download a form .

You only need to register once, unless you change your address, name or nationality.

If you do change address, name or nationality, you need to register to vote again.

Who can register to vote

To register to vote, you must be:

You have to be a 16 to register to vote.

You can’t vote until you’re 18 years old.

Eligible countries

Qualifying Commonwealth citizens

European Union countries

Other situations

You can also register to vote if:

Check if you’re already registered to vote

If you are registered to vote, you will be on the electoral register. We don’t hold the electoral register, so can’t tell you if you are registered to vote.

You need to contact the electoral services team at your local council to check if you’re on the register.

If you need help registering, or want to return your postal or proxy form, contact the electoral services team at:

Ashford Borough Council
Electoral Registration Officer
Civic Centre
Tannery Lane
TN23 1PL

Illuminites Ashford

Ashford’s Winter Forest

Friday 6th December From 3pm-8pm
Saturday 7th December From 12pm-8pm
Ashford Town Centre

Come and experience Ashford’s enchanting Winter Forest—a trail of illuminated trees around the town centre. The trees are Ashford-themed, showcasing our rich history, famous landmarks, and illustrious residents for a striking installation that evokes a wintery woodland walk.

On display for two nights only, catch it while you can!

Glow International

Friday 6th & Saturday 7th December
4.30pm, 5.30pm And 6.30pm
International House
Dover Place • TN23 1HU

A 5-minute digital mapping projection on the side of International House, celebrating Ashford’s rich heritage and history with a festive twist. Watch in wonder as the building transforms before your eyes, falling away and reappearing in a kaleidoscope of imagery.

Coachworks will have food and drink, and a small market of local traders.

Carnival of the Baubles

14th December
Elwick Place, Bank Street and the Lower High Street

Starting at Elwick Place, this beautiful procession of giant illuminated baubles will make its way up Bank Street to the Lower High Street. Featuring processional bands, live dance and a giant mechanical puppet, this exciting winter carnival is not to be missed!

Keep your eyes peeled for the illuminated baubles as they pop up in shop windows in the weeks leading up to the event!

KCC Budget

Kent County Council (KCC) provides a huge range of essential services to the people of Kent, spending over £1.5 billion each year. The government’s settlement for next year assumes modest increases in Council Tax together with some additional grants. This will mean KCC have additional funding, however, these increases are still likely to be insufficient to fully fund the rising costs of council services.

There are some big decisions ahead and KCC would value your views before setting next year’s council budget (April 2020 to March 2021).

Give us your views on the 2020-21 budget

You can read more below about council services and spending.


J10A East facing sliproad opening

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You may have heard recently that there have been some changes to our plan for opening the new junction 10a we are building on the M20 near Ashford, and I wanted to write to you to tell you what our plans are and what they mean for you.

The main thing that has changed is that we are fast-tracking work to have the new east facingslip roads at the new junction and the new A2070 link road open in time for 31 October. This will mean that drivers will be able to use the new coastbound entry and London-bound exit slip roads, and the new A2070 link road from this Thursday 31 October 2019.

Drivers will be able to access the M20 travelling eastbound using the new A2070 link road and M20 J10a. Drivers travelling westbound will also be able to exit the M20 at the new junction 10a and travel towards Ashford using the A2070 link road. Having these new links available for traffic is significant good news that will benefit thousands of drivers every day and improve access to and from Ashford. We accelerated this work to help
lorries move smoothly to and from Ashford Truck stop when the UK was expecting to leave the European Union on 31 October.

Opening these new links will also allow us to move on to the next stage of finishing the improvements. From early November the coast-bound slip road onto the M20 at junction 10 and the London-bound exit slip road will be permanently closed, allowing us to complete construction on the new west facing slip roads at junction 10a.

The A20 will remain on its current temporary alignment for the time being and will be connected to the new junction 10a in phases. The A20 will be connected to the east side of junction 10a on Monday night 4 November and will be open in both directions. Drivers will be able to exit at the new junction 10a and travel towards Sellindge, and will also be able to travel from Sellindge and access junction 10a. The A20 will be connected to the west side of junction 10a, via a oneway system. During this period, there will be no access to the A20 from junction 10a traveling towards junction 10. Drivers seeking to travel to junction 10 from junction 10a, will be directed to use the A2070 link road instead. This temporary road layout is shown in the diagram above.

The final changes should be complete – and the new junction fully open to traffic – in spring 2020.

I hope you agree that this is an exciting time for Ashford, as we take the final steps to open this major road improvement to traffic. We hope this information is helpful and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience this work may cause.

If you have any questions please contact us by visiting our scheme webpage at

M20 junction 10a Project Manager

Extended bin collection times

Due to potential disruptions over the next few months Ashford Borough Council are extending bin collection times from the beginning of November. Bins will need to be presented no later than 6am on the morning of collection, if it safe to do so you can leave your bin out the evening before.

Collections are also being extended to take place later in the day so if your bin is not collected at the usual time please leave it out and crews will get to you as soon as they are able. There is a possibility that food waste may be collected separately from your recycling and refuse bins so please leave your caddy out if it hasn’t been collected.

The Council thanks you in advance for your co-operation and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Case NoWardLocation and DescriptionDecision
Victoria Ward13 Musgrove, Ashford, Kent, TN23 7UN
Revision to increase in depth of rear extension by 500mm on planning permission 19/01108/AS (Proposed single storey side extension; Propsed part single part two storey rear extension; Erection of canopy to front elevation; Construction of vehicle cross over)
19/01597/ASVictoria WardHome Plus, Beaver Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 7RR
Demolition of the existing buildings on the site and the erection of 223 residential units comprising 214 apartments and 9 townhouses (C3) and commercial floorspace comprising 3 commercial units (Units A, B and C) for a flexible range of uses (A1, A3, A4, A5, B1, D1 and D2) and roof top restaurant, with associated access and landscaping.
19/01573/ASVictoria Ward11 Musgrove, Ashford, Kent, TN23 7UN
Single storey side extension incorporating garage and utility room;
Victoria WardFormer Pledges Mill and South Kent College Site, Victoria Road, Ashford, Kent
Discharge of condition 47
19/01341/ASBeaver Ward11 Bornefields, Ashford, Kent, TN23 5AH
Erection of Single Storey Rear Extension
Norman Ward, Victoria Ward, Furley WardAshford Designer Outlet, Kimberley Way, Ashford, Kent, TN24 0SD
Part discharge of conditon 19b
19/01584/ASNorman WardVirgin Media Inc Pdsl 058, Wotton Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 6LW
The installation of 4no. new louvres.
19/01296/ASNorman WardEllingham House, Kingsnorth Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 6LX
Erection of 3 bay cart shed with storage room above
19/01573/ASVictoria Ward11 Musgrove, Ashford, Kent, TN23 7UN
Single storey side extension incorporating garage and utility room
19/01559/ASNorman Ward40 Riversdale Road, Ashford, TN23 7TR
Erection of conservatory
Norman Ward65 Kingsnorth Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 6HZ
Discharge of conditions: 5 & 7
19/01549/ASVictoria WardThe Old Bakery, Victoria Crescent, Ashford, TN23 7HL
Front and rear extensions, part demolition and change of use of existing building under mixed use C3 & B1 to form new residential development of class C3 to include an additional 6no. apartments.
Aylesford & East Stour WardNewtown Railway Works, Newtown Road, Ashford, Kent, TN24 0PN
Detailed application for a mixed-use development (1-18 storeys) comprising;-
(i) 7,440sqm of film/TV Studios with 7,125sqm associated post-production offices (Use Class B1) and 3,830sq.m associated workshop and media village (Use Class B1);
(ii) 120 bedroom hotel (Use Class C1) including 1,150sqm reception/ancillary space and food and beverage space, 500sqm restaurant, 360sqm leisure facilities and 449sqm event/conference space; (iii) 62 serviced apartments (Use Class C3);
(iv) a 336 space multi-storey carpark;
(v) change of use, internal and external alterations to the listed Locomotive Shed buildings, including increasing the height by an additional two-storeys, to provide 7,030sqm of flexible commercial floorspace for use in connection with the film/tv studios (Use Class B1/ D1) and 303 residential units (Use Class C3) comprising 130 x 1 bedroom and 173 x 2 bedroom units and 322 internal parking spaces;
(vi) change of use, internal and external alterations to listed Engine Shed building, including increasing the height by an additional two storeys, to provide 1,050sqm gym/restaurant (Use Class D2/A3) and 1,500sqm of commercial floorspace (Use Class B1);
(vii) change of use, internal and external alterations of the Paint Shop building (114sqm), Acetylene Store (57sqm) and Clock Tower (73sqm) listed buildings to provide ancillary uses to the film/TV studios;
plus associated infrastructure including open space, landscape and public realm provision, external parking, servicing, pedestrian and vehicular access and associated engineering, utilities and infrastructure works.
19/01480/ASBeaver Ward13 Barnett Field, Ashford, Kent, TN23 4RG
Proposed front porch
19/01475/ASNorman Ward129 and 131 Beaver Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 7SG
Rear extensions to 129 & 131 Beaver Road
19/01295/ASBeaver Ward42 Weavers Way, Ashford, Kent, TN23 5DZ
Two storey side extension
19/01292/ASVictoria Ward59 William Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 7UT
Certificate of Lawful Development – Proposed – installation of dropped kerb to facillitate parking
Beaver Ward, Victoria WardFormer South Kent College Site, Jemmett Road, Ashford, Kent
Discharge of condition 45 (part (a) for Phase 3
19/01087/ASVictoria Ward33 Grantley Close, Ashford, Kent, TN23 7UE
Single storey rear extension
Norman Ward, Victoria WardThe Poplars, Kingsnorth Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 6HR
Discharge of conditions: 4, 8, 15, 16 & 19
Norman Ward, Victoria Ward, Furley WardAshford Designer Outlet, Kimberley Way, Ashford, Kent, TN24 0SD
Discharge of condition 34
19/01447/ASVictoria Ward59 Jemmett Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 4QA
Outline application with all matters reserved for one pair of semi-detached houses.
19/00713/ASVictoria Ward40 Bond Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 7UG
Lawful development certificate – existing – use of the house as a large HMO
Existing Use/Development Is Not Lawful
19/00516/ASNorman Ward, Victoria WardThe Poplars, Kingsnorth Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 6HR
Demolition of existing flats at 1 to 14 The Poplars & terrace of 3 houses at 5,7 & 9 Beaver Lane. Redevelopment of site to provide a sheltered housing scheme of 31 apartments for affordable rent & associated parking.
19/01445/ASBeaver Ward170 Jemmett Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 4RH
Proposed first floor front extension
19/01211/ASBeaver Ward1 Brookfield Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 4ET
Proposed first floor rear extension and new window to existing first floor side elevation
19/01183/ASVictoria Ward6 Hillbrow Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 4QJ
Erection of single storey dwelling.
Victoria WardThe Old Bakery, Victoria Crescent, Ashford, TN23 7HL
Discharge of conditon 4
19/01424/ASVictoria Ward13 Musgrove, Ashford, Kent, TN23 7UN
Certificate of Lawful Development- Proposed- Rear Dormer Window.
19/01421/ASBeaver Ward35 Brookfield Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 4ES
Erection of Porch to front elevation
Victoria WardFormer Travis Perkins Trading Co Limited, Victoria Crescent, Ashford, TN23 7HP
Discharge of conditions: 5, 6
Norman Ward, Beaver Ward155 Kingsnorth Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 6NE
Notification of a larger homes extension – single storey rear extension (depth 8m x eaves 2.5m x ridge 2.8m)
Prior Approval Not Required
19/01133/ASNorman Ward186 Kingsnorth Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 6LS
Installation of 2 dormer windows to side elevations (amended description)
19/01198/ASNorman Ward235 Beaver Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 7SJ
Single storey rear extension
19/01405/ASVictoria WardPlots 1 and 2, Former Powergen site, Victoria Road, Ashford, Kent
Lawful development certificate – existing – access works undertaken pursuant to planning permission reference 17/00018/AS to implement lawful start

Amazon Scam Alert

KCC Public Protection have received reports from Kent residents relating to the following Amazon scams:

Amazon Prime subscription scam

“An automated phone call to her landline advised Mrs Wallace that her Amazon Prime subscription was going to be renewed and if she did not want to renew, she should press one.” Read this BBC article on how a resident in Northern Ireland lost her savings to this scam

Amazon ‘brushing’ scam

“At first glance, receiving packages you haven’t paid for might seem like a great problem to have. But it’s likely to be a new scam known as ‘brushing’.”
Read this article on Which? website explaining how this scam works


Check the Amazon website to find out more and information on how to protect yourself from Amazon scams

Please warn family members, friends and neighbours.

Report it

Contact details

For advice and to report issues to KCC Trading Standards contact
Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06
Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

KCC Public Protection 07 October 2019

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