Land North of Long Acre Road

Ashford, Kent

Closing date for offers is Friday 4th September 2020.

The site is well located in the Singleton area to the south west of Ashford Town Centre. Ashford provides a good range of schools, shops, leisure facilities and other services inclduing Ashford International Railway Station which provides regular rail services to various London stations including a high speed service to St Pancras with a journey time of 40 minutes.

Extending to 0.43 ha (c. 1.06 acres) in size the site is regular in shape and generally level. It comprises vacant open scrubland located with a number of mature trees to its boundaries. Access into the site is from the south, leading directly onto Long Acre Road.

The site has had an interesting planning history. It was formerly allocated in the Local Plan with an indicative capacity for 20 dwellings. Kent County Council subsequently secured outline planning permission on the 17th May 2014 for a scheme comprising 14 no. units under reference 11/01045/AS. This followed with Reserved Matters being subsequently secured on the 8th August 2017 for a scheme of 12 no. units under reference 17/00703/AS. This consent has since lapsed.

In the intervening period Ashford BC has amended it’s Affordable Housing Policy with a threshold of 10 or more units meaning a similar scheme would require a proportion of the units to be of social tenure making it potentially unviable.

The vendor has therefore sought Pre-App advice from Ashford BC for a scheme below the affordable threshold of 9 no. single storey units. This proposal comprises 3 no. 3 bed detached bungalows at c. 103 m2 (c. 1,108 sqft), 2 no. 2 bed detached bungalows at c. 75 m2 (c. 807 sqft) and 4 no. 2 bed semi-detached bungalows also at c. 75 m2 (c. 807 sqft). The Pre-App feedback was encouraging and very supportive of the proposal.

 


Contact : Graeme Dowd