Go-ahead for Conningbrook Park, Ashford unlocks £140 million investment

Quinn Estates, one of the South-East’s foremost property developers, have welcomed the decision by Ashford Borough Council to grant permission for a major residential scheme that will unlock millions of pounds of investment at the Planning Committee held virtually last night (20 May).

Using 33 hectares of land at Kennington already designated for housing by the local authority, Conningbrook Park will deliver a sustainable and well planned new urban extension for the town. The development will include:

  • Up to 725 new homes including 30% affordable
  • A new 2FE primary school
  • Offsite highways improvements
  • The creation of exemplar sports facilities for the local bowling club
  • 35% of site area retained as open space
  • The delivery of a new pedestrian and cycle bridge

Quinn Estates will be partnering with Redrow Homes to develop the site, with construction starting this year. It is envisaged that the first homes will welcome their new residents in late 2021, making a valuable contribution to the borough’s housing needs and proiding much need employment at such a crucial time.

The development will provide a substantial investment of over £14 million in on and off-site facilities to benefit the residents of Kennington and the wider town, secured via s106 legal agreement.

In addition to contributions for schools, junction upgrades and improved sports and community facilities Quinn Estates will be funding a new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the railway, providing a safer link to Conningbrook Lakes Country Park.

Ben Geering, Development Director, Quinn Estates, said:

“We are delighted by this decision by Ashford Borough Council’s planning committee to approve our application for Conningbrook Park.

Over the last year we have worked proactively to improve our scheme, listening carefully to what the public, council members and other stakeholders have had to say – from the provision of more open space to a reduction in the number of homes.

Against today’s uncertain backdrop the decision was crucial, creating at least 165 direct on-site jobs and 147 supply chain jobs over the course of the 10 year-build, generating more than £140 million of investment in the local economy.

That includes a substantial investment of more than £14 miillion for on and off-site facilities at Conningbrook Park that will benefit the residents of Kennington and the wider borough, with significant community facilities secured by the proposal.

The site was a designated for development in the Council’s Local Plan, forming a fundamental element of the future vision adopted by the Council and endorsed independently by the Planning Inspectorate.

It will now deliver and fund better primary and secondary education facilities, better public transport connectivity, better sporting and community facilities and enhanced and safer access to Conningbrook Lakes Country Park. It will also result in a better functioning road system, with reduced journey times to and from the town centre following our junction upgrade works.

“We will now move forward with delivery – at pace – to build the homes and facilities Ashford needs. Partnering with Redrow, we are primed to start construction this year, with the first homes ready in 2021.”