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New block of flats planned for Ashford town centre

A new block of flats could be built in Ashford town centre if permission is granted.

The four-storey structure would be constructed alongside an existing three-storey block in Drum Lane opposite the County Square shopping centre.

How the flats will look from the north of Drum Lane
How the flats will look from the north of Drum Lane

Comprising six one-bedroom apartments, the site was previously used as parking for the former Royal Bank of Scotland building in New Rents.

If the new block is approved, there would be 12 total spaces installed - a ratio of one per flat.

A lockable cycle storage cabinet would also be installed for each new apartment.

In an attached design and access statement, applicant Roundwood Property writes: "A key consideration in the assessment of this planning application is the sustainable location of the proposal in Ashford town centre, and the identified need for one bedroom residential units at this location.

"This application is supported by assessments and reports addressing technical issues, as summarised in this statement.

How the flats might look from the courtyard parking area
How the flats might look from the courtyard parking area

"These reports demonstrate that the proposed development is technically and visually acceptable, particularly in terms of its potential impacts on the surrounding heritage assets."

The junction of Drum Lane and New Rents had to be cordoned off in December after a pedestrian was hit by a car.

However the traffic report focusses mainly on undercroft access to what would be the developed site, and says of this access point: "The highway access junction will continue to have satisfactory visibility, both between emerging and approaching vehicles, and between emerging and approaching pedestrians.

"Such a development for just six one-person households would clearly generate very low vehicle traffic movement, which would have no significant impact on traffic flows or conditions on the local or wider highways network."

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