Planning permission has been approved for 353 new homes in Ashford, Kent subject to completion of the s.106 Agreement and minor changes to off-site highways and the layout.
Pegasus Group provided urban design, masterplanning and landscape services on behalf of Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon Homes in order to enable the successful permission.
The site totals approximately 21 hectares and is located to the south and adjoins the urban area of Ashford, to the east of the village of Kingsnorth and west of Cheeseman’s Green (also known as Finberry). The proposed development will form an extension to the wider existing Park Farm development.
The Site at Park Farm South East was identified by Ashford Borough Council in its submission Ashford Local Plan 2030 as being suitable for residential development with an indicative capacity of 325 dwellings. The development will deliver a mix range of dwelling sizes and tenures to provide for varying household sizes ranging from 1 bed apartments to 4 bed houses.
Buttesland Copse will feature as an informal ‘village green’ with open areas for informal play and kick-about. Feature trees and native woodland tree planting will complement the existing woodland belt which encloses the western boundary. Views to the wider countryside and the Kent Downs AONB are maximised by terminating at a ‘gathering’ space in a copse.
The Linear Park will act as a visual gradient between the development and the flood zone 3 (undeveloped). An element of Flood Zone 3 will be restricted from access to ensure the local Skylark populations are protected as well as provide other ecological enhancements. A mixture of mown amenity areas and meadow with mown paths will act as informal routes for residents alongside the formal cycle route.
Existing boundary vegetation across the site will be enhanced for wildlife through tussocky grass mixes (for reptile mitigation) and with wild bird seed crop mixtures for Skylarks and other local populations of birds. On-going management in these areas will increase the value of these areas of habitat.
Pegasus Group demonstrated that the proposed development will deliver a significant quantity of quality housing and open space to Ashford.