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Developments

Take a look at some of our exciting developments in the borough of Ashford. These include short stay accommodation, general needs properties, community facilities and independent living. With the needs of local residents in mind, the design team ensure that they are completed to a high standard. We have received awards for some of these exciting new developments, and hope to reach the same high standards with our current sites in development.

You can read more about our overall strategy for developing and delivering affordable housing in the borough in our Affordable Housing Delivery Plan [pdf] 1170KB that was approved by Councillors in October 2019.

In September 2018 we submitted a bid to the Ministry to raise our debt cap by £61m, building a proposed 334 homes over 25 sites by 2022. Though the debt cap was then removed altogether, it signalled our intent and we are continuing with an ambitious development programme, with further sites still to be consulted on.

Our development sites
Site What is proposed Progress to date Anticipated completion date of scheme Anticipated cost of scheme Anticipated grant
The Weavers, Biddenden 2 x 2-bed bungalows On site Summer 2020 £500,000 1-4-1 monies
East Stour Court 29 units of older person accommodation – 24 x 1-bed and 5 x 2-bed apartments On site – ground floor beam and block floor being installed Spring 2021 £7.2m SOAHP - £30,000 per unit (bid submitted)
The Poplars / Berry Place 31 units of independent living accommodation – 15 x 1-bed and 16 x 2-bed apartments On site – piled foundations complete; ground floor beams formed and being poured Autumn 2021 £8.1m SOAHP - £30,000 per unit (bid submitted)
Halstow Way 17 units of general needs accommodation – 6 x 1-bed, 7 x 2-bed and 4 x 3-bed apartments Planning permission approved, contractor organising supply chain, start on site planned for August 2020 October 2021 £4.2m SOAHP - £30,000 per unit (bid submitted)

 

Additional acquisitions
Type What is proposed Progress to date Anticipated completion date of scheme Anticipated cost of scheme Anticipated grant
Street purchases Minimum of 50 in 2020-2021 and 75 in 2021-2022 budgeted for in HRA business Plan 12 purchases have been completed since 1 April 2020 up to 1 July 2020 On-going £200,000 assumed as the average per property – so a budget of £15m included in HRA business plan 1-4-1 plus HRA budget set aside already

 

Short-stay accommodation
Site What is proposed Progress to date Anticipated completion date of scheme Anticipated cost of scheme Anticipated grant
Christchurch Lodge 8 x family units On site – contractor Jenner July 2020 £930,000 approximate cost including the purchase of the property Homes England Grant (bid submitted)

Schemes in Development

East Stour Court, Willesboroughsheltered-schemes-in-development-east-stour-court-willesborough-ashford-render-drawing

East Stour Court was initially built in the 1960s and consisted of small bedsits with small kitchens. The original building has been demolished and when the rebuild is completed it will contain 24 one-bedroom apartments and five two-bedroom apartments, as well as additional communal facilities, associated parking and a storage area for up to 10 mobility scooters.

Ongoing construction at East Stour Court builders at East Stour Court development

The Poplars, South Ashfordsheltered-schemes-developments-the-poplars-south-ashford-render-drawing

The Poplars was general needs accommodation which attracted a lot of anti-social behaviour as well as there being a water main running through the site. The site is now under construction, and the finished development will comprise of 31 one or two-bedroom apartments. As part of the development it will also be renamed to Berry Place.

The latest development of The Poplars A crane situated at The Poplars development

Halstow Way, South Ashfordsheltered-schemes-development-halstow-way-south-ashford-render-drawing

This will be a brand new development on the green recreation area between Brookfield Road and Noakes Meadow. It will comprise of six one-bedroom apartments, seven two-bedroom apartments and four three-bedroom apartments. Planning permission for this development has been approved and we hope for work to be completed by September 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

+ When will the developments be ready?

You will see on the “In Development” table that we have provided anticipated completion dates. These are all subject to change as there can be many different issues which can affect timescales but we will endeavour to keep this information as up to date as possible.

+ How can I move into one of these properties?

Properties are advertised on Kent Homechoice and allocated in line with our Lettings Policy. To register please go to the Kent Homechoice website.

+ How can I contact the Development Team with inquiries?

Please feel free to email Mark James, Development Partnership Manager with any development questions you may have. You can find information regarding how properties are allocated on our applying for social housing page.

+ Are any of these homes available to purchase?

We will direct you to the marketing agent of any of our shared ownership homes or open market homes if we are doing development for cross-subsidy. If it is a Registered Provider scheme, we will direct you to them. Please note that not all development sites will have purchase opportunities.