Planning and Development

Agreement brings money to Victoria Park

The Section 106 Agreement for the North Travis Perkins site in Victoria Crescent, signed last week, includes a contribution of £ 21,514 for the ‘Victoria Park Improvement Project’. This will be added to contributions of £ 270,002 from the Powergen site development, £ 150,000 from the Victoria Way development.

In addition to in excess of £ 440,000 from Section 106 contributions, the results of an application by Ashford Borough Council (ABC) to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for Parks for People funding are expected by the end of this month. Although there are, as yet, no confirmed detailed plans, ABC have an ambition to: refurbish the Hubert fountain and piazza; reintroduce or recognise lost cultural and natural heritage elements; provide a volunteers compound and other community facilities; and put in place a range of community events and activities including a new ‘Friends Group’ etc. from the HLF funding.

The Section 106 Contributions will be used for other elements of the Victoria Park and Watercress Fields Masterplan adopted by ABC’s Cabinet on 10 March 2016. (more…)

College Site approved by committee

Ashford Borough Council’s Planning Committee voted to approve the reserved matters planning application to build 160 dwellings on the Ashford College site in Jemmett Road last night (17 May).

Proposals for redevelopment of the site were first produced 10 years ago in tandem with a plan to relocate the college to a new campus in Victoria Road. At that that time an application for 241 houses was permitted by the Council. Lack of funding led to the college not being able to relocate.

The college sought to renew the application in 2011, this time with proposals to relocate to the site now being constructed in Elwick Road. The Council asked for the proposals to be amended to comply with their Residential Space standards which resulted in the number of dwellings being limited to 154. Although the Planning Committee decided to allow the development, permission was only granted in December 2016 when the College signed the Section 106 agreement.

Although supporting the proposals, Bob Shrubb, Chair of  South Ashford Community Forum, spoke to express concerns regarding traffic, parking and the inclusion of a four storey block of apartments, contrary to a condition on permission granted under the outlline application. The planning officer noted that traffic matters had been dealt with under the outline application and could not be revisited. She said that Kent County Council, as highways authority had accepted the parking proposal based on a survey carried out for the applicant. A councillor said that taller buildings should be expected in “Town Centre” locations.

The reserved matters application is case reference 17/00354/AS posted in our Planning notices on 14 March 2017 

The outline application is case reference 11/00405/AS posted on  10 December 2016

Application for Powergen site

This drawing is indicate of the general layout of the siteAshford Borough Council (ABC) have published details of a reserved matters planning application for part of the Powergen site in Victoria Way.

The application gives details for Plot 3, comprising 66 apartments in a single block and 8 houses. The whole site comprises c. 660 dwellings.

A hybrid application for the site was approved by ABC’s Planning Committee last June and permission granted in November, following signing of a Section 106 Agreement. The eastern plots, 1 and 2, were fully detailed in the application. Plots 3, 4 and 5, to the west, were in outline. An amendment to the outline application was permitted in April of this year.

Details of the application can be found in our planning notice

Planning Committee to consider college site application

This image may not fully represent the layout of the proposed developmentAshford Borough Council’s (ABC) Planning Committee will consider the reserved matters application for the Ashford College site in Jemmett Road on Wednesday 17th May.

The committee approved the outline application in 2011 but the permission was not granted until last December after the college signed the Section 106 Agreement.

The reserved matters application, ABC’s case reference 17/00354/AS, was posted in our planning notices on 14 March 2017. The outline application, case reference 11/00405/AS was posted on 10 December 2016.

South Ashford Community Forum’s comments can be downloaded here.


Housing problems likely to persist for years

The Public Accounts Committee report says Government lacks ambition in addressing housing need and is dependent on ‘broken’ market.

Housebuilding lagging behind demand

The number of homes built in England has lagged behind demand for housing for decades.

The effects of this long-running shortfall in housing reveal themselves in the growing barriers people face in getting on the property ladder, or simply affording their rent.

The human costs are emphasised by the growing problem of homelessness, with the number of families living in temporary accommodation rising from 50,000 in 2011–12 to 72,000 in 2015–16. Almost 120,000 children in England live in temporary accommodation today.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (the Department) has an ambition to deliver 1 million new homes over the five years of this Parliament.

But despite acknowledging that the housing market in England is “broken”, it remains dependent on the existing market, which is dominated by a handful of private developers, to realise its ambition.

Plans to deliver will not come close to matching demand

Even if this is achieved, the Department acknowledges that it will not come close to meeting the actual level of housing need, so problems of affordability and homelessness are likely to persist for years to come.

The Department’s lack of ambition on such a fundamental issue is matched by a lack of information, in particular on the impacts and value for money of the roughly £21 billion the government spends each year on housing benefit.

The Department has recently published a White Paper outlining proposals for accelerating housebuilding, and the Committee looks forward to monitoring the development of its programmes.

Commons Select Committeefor Public Accounts 28 April 2017

Victoria Way development decision confirmed

Ashford Borough Council (ABC) have granted the permission, that the Council’s Planning Committee agreed in October / November 2016, for the development at the Junction of Beaver Road and Victoria Road.

The decision was subject to the developers entering into a Section 106 agreement for the development. The Landowners, HCA, and Developers, HDD Ashford, have now signed the Section 106 agreement with Ashford Borough Council and Kent County Council.

The agreement for the residential part of the development includes a contribution of £ 150,000 toward the Victoria Park improvement project. This will be combined with contributions from other recently permitted developments. (more…)

College site application submitted

Developer Chartway Group, with Orbit Homes, have submitted a detailed planning application to Ashford Borough Council (ABC) for the construction of 160 homes on the site of Ashford College in Jemmett Road.

This application follows the grant of outline permission in December 2016, when the College signed a Section 106 Agreement attached to an application which ABC’s Planning Committee voted to permit in 2011.

The proposals include a mix of dwelling types and sizes and a mix of tenures

Type/no of beds No of dwellings
1 bed flat 10
2 bed flat 32
2 bed house 22
3 bed house 53
4 bed house 43
Total 160


Of the 160 dwellings 51 will be sold on a shared ownership basis and 29 will be for affordable rent. The remainder will be for outright sale.

The ABC Case Reference for the detailed application is 17/00354/AS , the notice for which is posted in our planning notices section today (14 March 2017). The Reference for the outline application is 11/00405/AS , posted on 10 December 2016.

Proposal for Elwick Road Car Park

Ashford Borough Council (ABC) have submitted a planning application, to their own planning department, for creation of a temporary car park in Elwick Road. Part of the site comprises land that was included an outline application submitted by Stanhope plc for residential development, as Phase 2 of the planned cinema complex on the old Ashford Market site.

The application states that the “car park is intended to replace spaces lost at Dover Place during construction and to assist parking on the new K College campus which is opposite the site”. The car park will have a maximum of 107 spaces, which may reduce during its life.

It is ot envisaged that the works will have a life longer than three years.

ABC planning case references:

Case Ref: Description Posted on
17/00201/AS Creation of a new temporary car park on redundant land. Change of use from the previous B1 use to Sui Generis proposed car park 17th February 2017
15/01282/AS Outline application for development of up to 200 residential units with access to be considered at this stage (Phase 2) 12 October 2015

College Site Public Event

Note corrected times for Public Surgery

Chartway Group, the developers of the Ashford College site in Jemmett Road, are holding a public surgery, at the campus, this Thursday, 16th February, between 6 pm and 8 pm. Information will be provided about the development that will deliver a range of 1 – 4 bedroom properties to meet the needs of different members of the community, ranging from starter homes to larger family houses.

Chartway, in partnership with Orbit Homes, a leading housing association will release the homes as mixed tenure:

  • 25 rented,
  • 50 shared ownership – part-buy, part-rent
  • 53 outright sale by Orbit,,
  • 30 outright sale by Chartway Group’s Westerhill Homes.

Information relating to the development is available on the website:

College site proposals

Chartway Group have created a website showing their proposals for redevelopment of the Ashford College site in Jemmett Road.

The College finally received planning permission recently after signing a Section 106 agreement on a planning application that Ashford Borough Council’s Planning Committee voted to approve in 2011.

The proposals can be seen at