Planning Consent Secured for First Phase of Chilmington Green

Hodson Developments has secured planning approval from Ashford Borough Council to begin Phase 1 of its major development at Chilmington Green, which includes 346 new homes.

The Council’s Planning Committee has approved Hodson Developments’ detailed plans for the start of Phase 1 of the development, subject to the receipt of amended plans and re-consultation. Once all these details have been approved, the approval notice will be issued and building work can commence.

Chilmington Green is a new, mixed use community by Hodson Developments comprising 5,750 quality new homes which will be built out over the next 20 years, providing much needed homes for Ashford’s growing population. As well as new homes, Chilmington Green will also boast its own high street, a secondary school, four primary schools, a park and extensive areas of green space. It will also provide up to 1,000 new jobs for the local area.

Ashford is very well served by public transport with trains every half hour between Ashford International and London St. Pancras taking only 38 minutes via the High Speed 1 rail link. There are also approximately 37 Eurostar departures a week from Ashford International with direct trains to Paris, Brussels, Lille and other European locations.

Initial infrastructure work started on the site in April 2017, including the construction of a new roundabout on the A28 as the main access to the development, work on other access points, new internal roads and land drainage.

Alan Hodson, Managing Director, said:

“It has taken many years of planning to get to this stage, and we are delighted to soon be in a position to start building houses. It will be great to get on site and start transforming all the plans into reality and we aim to have the first residents moving into the development in Winter 2018. The new homes will be available for off plan sales during Summer 2018.
“Chilmington Green is going to be a high quality, major new community for Kent. It has its own design code to ensure the quality of the scheme, which will reflect many of the design principles of the successful garden cities, such as tree-lined streets, a spacious layout with high quality public spaces. We are determined that it will be a development that we as developers will be very proud to put our name to.” Chilmington Green is the major housing development in the Borough of Ashford, and one of Ashford Borough Council’s Big 8 projects.

Cllr Gerry Clarkson, Leader of Ashford Borough Council, said:

“This marks another important step towards having a major new community at Chilmington Green. We must all now turn our attentions toward building quality homes for the residents of tomorrow, those who will live here, be employed here and grow their families here.
“Chilmington Green offers the borough tremendous benefits and is just one part of our overall plans for the future. From the inception of the project the ambition has been to create a place of special character with a strong community feel.
“Chilmington Green is one of our Big 8 projects and its delivery is key to meeting the borough’s growth needs with masterplanning pointing firmly towards a high quality, carefully planned development with open spaces and quality public realm – a place where families and people of all ages will want to live, enjoy and call home.”

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Chilmington Green has been planned to be built out in four distinct phases:

  • Expected to be completed in 2022, the first phase will see the development of 1,500 new homes, along with new schools, a District Centre and a community hub.
  • The second phase will deliver 1,124 new homes, as well as a primary school and new community amenities.
  • Phase three will create the Orchard Village local centre containing a further primary school and 1,559 new homes.
  • The fourth phase will create 1,567 new homes, Chilmington Brook centre with a primary school and a Discovery Park containing sports facilities.