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Published: 07/11/2018

Exciting plans for major infrastructure & new homes in Ashford

Exciting plans for major infrastructure & new homes in Ashford – creating potential opportunities for local companies like the Reina Group.

Ashford borough has a rich heritage, with stunning countryside borders, but it is also embracing growth with its ambitious & exciting plans for the future. The large-scale developments that collectively are known as the Big 8,  emphasise this ambition, illustrating how the council intends to unlock major opportunities, deliver new jobs, housing, retail and cultural facilities.  Here at the Reina Group we are embracing these new plans hoping to play a part in producing Heating & Plumbing services for the future.

Commercial Quarter

The commercial quarter is a mixed-use development that will maximise the advantages of its location. It will be the dynamic new main business hub in the town, next to the domestic and international railway stations.
It will stimulate major investment opportunities, creating several hundred jobs, up to 590,000 square feet of office space and 150 apartments.Phase one of the new public realm around International House and Dover Place is now complete. This work creates a sense of place, forming an attractive and unmistakable first impression of the town.

New Road Infrastructure to accommodate the growth – Junction 10a of the M20

The future development of Ashford has depended on new motorway junction capacity – specifically J10a of the M20.
The government’s decision to fund the long-awaited junction will be a catalyst for economic and commercial development in Ashford, creating job opportunities and improving the infrastructure of the town.

Designer Outlet expansion

The expansion of the outlet centre has the scope to further Ashford’s international appeal, while creating stronger links to the station and having an offer that complements the town centre with different, significant retailers. The McArthurGlen-planned large expansion would look to create the next generation of designer outlet, reflecting the quality of its flagship McArthurGlen Designer Outlets in Continental Europe and attracting up to 7 million visits a year.The planning application was approved by the council in September 2015. Work started in January 2018 with the expansion expected to open in autumn 2019.

Chilmington Green

Outline planning permission was granted in October 2014 for a major new residential community that, subject to further planning consents, will see the development of up to 5,750 quality homes.
There will also be schools and infrastructure, including major dualling of the A28, and the creation of over 1,000 jobs on the site in shops and education etc. in the next 20 years.Chilmington Green is key to meeting the borough’s need for extra homes and nearly 10 years of careful planning points firmly towards a high quality, carefully planned development.There is a real commitment to delivering the best at Chilmington Green with a charter, outlining 32 commitments to making a quality place and vibrant community, agreed to by developers. Work has recently started on site.