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S106 agreement for Kent garden suburb signed

Words: Laura Edgar
Chilmington Green / press release

Work has begun on the Chilmington Green development after Ashford Borough Council and the developers signed a section 106 agreement worth £125 million.

In October 2014, Ashford Borough Council approved a hybrid application for a mixed-use development after a several years of consultation and masterplanning. The plan applies nationally recognised garden city principles but adapted for the 21st century.

Following consultation, Chilmington Green became established within the council’s adopted Core Strategy in 2008. A government-appointed independent planning inspector supported an Area Action Plan, which took the allocation forward, in 2013.

Now, the section 106 deal has been signed. The development, located to the south west of Ashford, will provide around £125 million towards local amenities including five new schools, shops, healthcare, sports and leisure facilities and community facilities. These will be created as each phase of development comes forward.

In addition approximately, £40 million will be invested in improving the A28 Chart Road in an attempt to tackle congestion and create access to the development.

Chilmington Green will comprise 5,750 homes, a district centre and community infrastructure. It is expected to create about 1,000 jobs in the next 20 years, which will come forward in phases as the development is built out. About 60 per cent of the development will be green open space.

Gerry Clarkson, leader of Ashford Borough Council, said the delivery of Chilmington Green is “key” to meeting the borough’s growth needs, “a place where families and people of all ages will want to live, enjoy and call home”.

According to the council, although the development is not a garden city, it does reflect some of the design principles, such as tree-lined streets and a strong local community managing local facilities.

Hodson Developments is the lead developer, alongside other developers, including Pentland Homes, Jarvis Homes and BDW (Barratt/Ward Homes).