A Five Year Vision & Strategy setting out how three major combined developments in the south of Ashford will come together, has been adopted by Ashford Borough Council. The Strategy received major endorsements by partners including private developers and the Chilmington Management Organisation, ensuring a commitment to achieving the vision for the South of Ashford Garden Community (SAGC).
This strategy represents the aspirations of local residents, local organisations and key partners who are looking to ensure that these developments come forward with quality in mind, where infrastructure is planned and delivered in tandem with new homes, as the community grows.
The importance of high quality design and placemaking, guided by Garden City principles but shaped to reflect 21st century living, is a key theme running through the strategy. Most importantly, it offers a vision of living and working in the wake of COVID-19 as we all seek to recover from the impact of the pandemic and come back stronger as a community.
While this vision may not provide all the answers, it sets out actions which are achievable when people come together, combine resources and work towards a shared goal. New communities like this will be more resilient to climate change and economic uncertainty.
By setting out its ambitions within this document it will work with developers and partners to meet objectives and seek out opportunities to bring greater investment and create housing that is genuinely affordable.
The vision document follows over 18 month of consultation and work with various stakeholders.
In early 2019 residents of the south of Ashford, along with businesses, voluntary organisations and local government partners, sat down to look at the developments proposed in the area. This was followed by a more in-depth public workshop in the autumn of that year, helping to redress aspects of the masterplan for the area and to produce a series of key themes.
A series of online focus groups, webinars and surveys were then held in September 2020 providing local people with an opportunity to learn more about the SAGC and help shape what these new communities might look like in the future.
For more information about the SAGC visit the website.