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Ashford council approves 725 homes

Words: Laura Edgar
Conningbrook Park / Quinn Estates

An urban extension scheme that includes 725 homes has been granted planning permission by Ashford Borough Council at a virtual planning committee meeting.

The 33-hectare site, which is in Ashford's suburb of Kennington, has been designated for a residential scheme by the council in its local plan. 

Conningbrook Park will deliver:

  • 30 per cent affordable housing;
  • a two-form entry primary school;
  • offsite highways improvements;
  • sports facilities for the local bowling club;
  • 35 per cent of the site will be retained as open space; and
  • a new pedestrian and cycle bridge.

Quinn Estates is partnering Redrow Homes to develop the site, with construction expected to start this year.

The development will provide over £14 million in on and off-site facilities for the residents of Kennington and the wider town, which was secured through a s160 agreement. 

Ben Geering, development director, Quinn Estates, said: “Over the last year we have worked proactively to improve our scheme, listening carefully to what the public, council members and other stakeholders have had to say – from the provision of more open space to a reduction in the number of homes.

"Against today’s uncertain backdrop the decision was crucial, creating at least 165 direct on-site jobs and 147 supply chain jobs over the course of the 10 year-build, generating more than £140 million of investment in the local economy.”

Image credit | Quinn Estates