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Agreement signing signals start of new beginning for Chilmington Green

16 March, 2017


Council representatives and developers behind the Chilmington Green development have agreed and signed the section 106 agreement, which signals another major milestone in the building of one of the biggest new communities in the South East.

Following several years of consultation and masterplanning, in October 2014, Ashford Borough Council’s planning committee approved, subject to the completion of a section 106 agreement, a hybrid outline application for a mixed use development, applying nationally recognised Garden City principles for the 21st century.

With the section 106 now signed, the focus turns to delivering a really great place of high quality with construction expected to start on site this spring.

Chilmington Green will be a standalone development of up to 5,750 quality homes, a district centre and community infrastructure which will create over 1,000 jobs in the next 20 years, coming forward in four main phases with around 300 homes delivered per year.

The development will provide around £125m towards local amenities including five new schools, shops, healthcare, sports and leisure facilities community facilities, which will be created as the phases of development come forward. Part of the overall project also includes improving the A28 Chart Road to tackle congestion and create access to the development.

While Chilmington Green will not be a Garden City in terms of its size, it will reflect many of the design principles of the successful garden cities – tree-lined streets, a spacious layout with high quality public spaces and a strong local community managing local facilities.

Alan Hodson, Managing Director at Hodson Developments, said: “This is a significant milestone in the project to develop a 21st century development based on Garden City principles. We now look forward to delivering the much needed housing at Chilmington Green.”

Cllr Gerry Clarkson, Leader of Ashford Borough Council, said: “From the inception of the Chilmington Green project the ambition has been to create a place of special character with a strong community feel.

“Chilmington Green is one of our Big 8 projects and its delivery is key to meeting the borough’s growth needs with masterplanning pointing firmly towards a high quality, carefully planned development with open spaces and quality public realm – a place where families and people of all ages will want to live, enjoy and call home.

“This is just one of a number of exciting developments coming forward which are changing the face and fortunes of this wonderful borough. With a new college, CQ38 commercial quarter, town centre cinema, brewery and extension to the Designer Outlet all coming forward over the next few years, these are exciting times for Ashford.”

The principle of development at Chilmington Green was established working with representatives of the local community and other stakeholders several years ago and became established within the Council’s adopted Core Strategy in 2008.

A subsequent Area Action Plan, which took this strategic allocation forward, was fully tested and supported by a government-appointed independent planning inspector in 2013.

The project has already won an award for Strategic Planning at the 2014 Placemaking Awards, demonstrating ‘how a development plan, spatial plan or master plan has, or will have, a positive impact on the physical or environmental quality of a place or the economic or social well-being of its community’.

There is a real commitment to delivering the best at Chilmington Green with a Quality Charter, outlining 32 commitments to making a quality place and vibrant community together with a Design Code adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document. This has been agreed to by the lead developer, Hodson Developments, along with the other developers at the site, who include Pentland Homes, Jarvis Homes and BDW (Barratt/Ward Homes).

Ashford Borough Council believes in integrated and well-planned developments that have quality at their heart, which is why in October 2011 the council introduced strict space standards for new dwellings and gardens. The Government followed by bringing in nationally described space standards for dwellings in March 2015.

Kent County Council Leader Paul Carter said: “The collaboration between ourselves and Ashford Borough Council on this vitally important development shows how two tiers of local government can work together to deliver growth.

“KCC has supported this scheme from the start and has worked hard with ABC to guarantee the funding and the early delivery of improvements to the A28.

“We are absolutely committed to helping provide impressive facilities for this new community which we believe will provide the benchmark for other large-scale developments in the future.”