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Housing Development and Regeneration Team

The Housing Development and Regeneration Team at Ashford Borough Council develop new and exciting affordable housing for residents in the borough. Developments include independent living (sheltered housing) schemes, general needs housing, temporary accommodation and community facilities.

Our team of architects have  designed high standard, energy efficient, affordable homes. Some of our developments have been nominated for – and won – awards. View completed developments.

Award Winning Team

Our team have been either nominated for, or have won, the following awards.

Kent Housing Group Excellence Awards 2018

Excellent Young Achiever, Highly Commended – Esme Ervine

Esme was in post from 2017 and quickly established herself as an integral part of the sheltered housing team. Having previously worked in the customer service team, she was able to build on and develop invaluable skills which supported her in her appointment to the team full time managing two of the council run schemes.

Excellent Health or Social Care Professional, Winner – Julie Stalker

Julie has worked at Ashford Borough Council since 1995 proving herself to be an effective and adaptable team player. Julie has shown what is possible in the frontline provision of social care and is a valuable member of the team.

Excellent Partnership, Winner – Farrow Court Homebridge & Cherry Tree Court

Homebridge, the recuperative care centre, and Cherry Tree Court, a learning disability scheme for 12 people managed through care commissioned by KCC, are housed next to Farrow Court. These services are linked between Ashford Borough Council, the NHS and KCC Adult Social Care.

Excellent Partnership, Highly Commended – Cheyne Social Impact Property Fund & Ashford Borough Council

Ashford Borough Council, in association with the Cheyne Social Property Impact Fund, is supporting delivery of an affordable living scheme for older people at Repton Park, called Cheyne.

Outstanding Achievement Award, Winner – Syrian Refugee Vulnerable Person Relocation Scheme

In 2015 Ashford pledged to receive 205 refugees over the five years of the government’s national Syrian Vulnerable Person Resettlement Programme. This commitment to the resettling programme, and the close work with the UNHCR and Home Office, earned the team this recognition.


Kent Housing Group Excellence Awards 2019

Excellence in Development, Highly Commended – Danemoreteam-award-for-excellence-in-development-highly-commended-Danemore-tenterden

Danemore is an older persons scheme in Tenterden. The scheme is dementia friendly throughout, taking into account colour schemes, corridor lengths, patterns and memory shelves. It is traditionally built, with carbon friendly flats, a large area of green roofing and winter garden balconies for each flat. The garden spaces are landscaped and include potting sheds and raised beds for ease of use.

Excellent Young Professional, Highly Commended – Ellen O’Connorteam-award-for-excellence-in-development-young-professional-ellen-o'connor-highly-commended

Ellen was part of the electrical apprentice scheme and has since been employed on a permanent basis. Having completed her EAL Level 3 NVQ Diploma in May 2019, she passed her three day practical test with a staggering 98%. She has progressed ahead of schedule and provides a quality service to match corporate ambition.

Excellent Young Professional, Highly Commended – Ellie Ludford

Ellie understands the need for sustainable, affordable, safe accommodation for everyone and works well with a breadth of customers. She is friendly, personable, approachable and knowledgeable and due to this, excels in her role. She is a tremendous advocate for the team and a proud ambassador for the authority.

Excellent Housing Professional, Winner – Victoria Ackrillaward-for-excellent-housing-professional-winner-victoria-ackrill

Achieving the best outcomes for residents is critical. Victoria’s work has helped to deliver this and also explains complex procedures to newly elected members, fresh team members, as well as to the applicants themselves of course – all while upholding the reputation of the authority. Victoria’s work specifically has meant that other housing options officers are able to concentrate on their caseloads. Through her work the authority has seen a 39% increase in successful prevention work.

Inside Housing Development Awards 2018

Best Older Peoples Housing Development (over 71 homes), Shortlisted – Farrow Court

Farrow Court, a dementia friendly older persons scheme, is a slim frame high performance construction. It was built to maximise daylight and to be cost effective and energy efficient. The scheme achieved BREEAM Very Good rating for energy efficiency.

Development or Maintenance Team of the Year (under 15,000 homes), Highly Commended – Project Delivery Team

The Housing Development and Regeneration team have worked closely together to deliver meaningful projects in the Housing Revenue Account, providing new homes for those on our waiting list.

Inside Housing Development Awards 2019

Best Older Peoples Housing Development (up to 50 homes), Shortlisted – Danemore

Kent Design and Development Awards 2018

Residential for Larger Schemes, Winner – Farrow Court Phase II

Local Authority Building Excellence Awards (South East Region) 2019

Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development, Winner – Noakes Meadowaward-for-building-excellence-housing-best-social-or-new-housing-winner-noakes-meadow

Working alongside DCB (Kent) Ltd, RDA Consulting Architects (Kent) Ltd and Pellings LLP, we developed two  two-bedroom bungalows on the site. We were able to take into account the specific needs of a family being pre-allocated the property. As such, special features include square rooms with wide hallways allowing turning circles for wheelchair users; two very wide doorways into the wet room as well as wooden flooring throughout. The flooring allows the safe use of a standing aid and the ability, should the need arise, to remove some of the internal walls enabling a hoist to be fitted in the property. In the kitchen the height adjustable worktops allow access and promote independence.