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110 flats next to The Panorama in Ashford due to be finished this year

By Georgia Woolf

Work to build new apartments on either side of a prominent town-centre building is due to be completed this year.

Investin Plc is constructing 110 two-bedroom flats next to The Panorama building in Ashford, with one block on the junction of Wellesley Road and Somerset Road and the other on the corner at Edinburgh Road.

All properties at the development will include a free car parking space, and the majority will have a balcony, roof terrace or access to a ground floor garden.

How the flats will look
How the flats will look

Inside, new residents will enjoy en-suite bathrooms, designer kitchens, and video security entry into each apartment.

Investin Plc bosses say they are expecting construction to be completed "towards the end of 2019", but would not give any further details.

The scheme was originally approved by Ashford Borough Council planners in 2012.

It was given the green light at the same time as the council gave permission for the conversion of Charter House for up to 234 one and two-bed flats.

Construction around the site
Construction around the site

The triple-winged office block has towered over the Ashford town centre skyline since the 1970s.

Today it is called The Panorama following its massive and multi-million pound revamp into flats and apartments by the developer Dukelease Properties, which saw the opportunity to convert the empty landmark building into residential accommodation.

Last year, Cllr Bernard Heyes told KentOnline how he thinks the town centre is being “swamped” by one-bedroom flats with no parking.

Commenting on the two-bed Panorama development, the Godinton councillor said: “Two beds are slightly better than one.

A map of the development
A map of the development
What the flats could look like
What the flats could look like
Flats at the Panorama building are being built
Flats at the Panorama building are being built

“My main concern is the sustainability, in the long term I don’t think it is going to attract the right people to the town.

"We want people to be investing in the town and spending money.

“I’d like to see more town houses, I think we are getting an excessive amount of flats in the town.”

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