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Developments

Here you can find out about some of our exciting developments in the borough of Ashford. We are developing short stay accommodation, general needs properties, community facilities and independent living schemes.

Our design team ensure our developments meet the needs of local residents. They also ensure developments are completed to a high standard.

We have received awards for some of our exciting new developments. We hope to reach the same high standards with the sites we are currently developing.

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. This report was approved by councillors in October 2019.

In September 2018 we submitted a bid to the Ministry to raise our debt cap by £61m in order to build a proposed 334 homes over 25 sites by 2022. Though the debt cap was then removed altogether, it signalled our ambition to develop further sites.

Our development sites
Site What is proposed Progress to date Anticipated completion date of scheme Anticipated cost of scheme Anticipated grant
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 September 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 November 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 February 2022 £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

 

Sites being progressed
Site What is proposed Progress to date Anticipated completion date of scheme Anticipated cost of scheme Anticipated grant
Oakleigh House 69 homes Consultation completed. Planning application to be submitted shortly TBC - 2024-25 financial year (subject to planning permission) TBC - Anticipated cost £15m (subject to procurement)  Homes England Grant (bid not submitted yet)
55 Mabledon Avenue 22 homes Online consultation September 2024 (subject to planning permission) TBC - Anticipated cost £7m (subject to procurement) Homes England Grant (bid not submitted yet)

Schemes in Development

Schemes being developed
Scheme Name Description Images of Progress

East Stour Court, Willesborough

East Stour Court was initially built in the 1960s and consisted of small bedsits with small kitchens. The original building has been demolished.  It is now being rebuilt and will contain 24 one-bedroom apartments and five two-bedroom apartments. There will also be communal facilities, associated parking and a storage area for up to 10 mobility scooters. sheltered-schemes-in-development-east-stour-court-willesborough-ashford-render-drawing
East Stour Court Courtyard
View from the garden on the East Stour Court development

The Poplars, South Ashford

This will be a brand new development on the green recreation area between Brookfield Road and Noakes Meadow. It will contain 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 November 2021.

The Poplars was a 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 contain 31 one or two-bedroom apartments. As part of the development it will also be renamed to Berry Place.

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Construction continues at The Poplars
Interior view of The Poplars building development

Halstow Way, South Ashford

 

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 February 2022.

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Builders working on the Halstow Way development

Construction site at Halstow Way

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.