Home   Ashford   News   Article

Ashford: New image of Prince Albert apartment plan revealed

By Dan Wright

Controversial plans to knock down a historic pub are expected to be decided before Christmas.

Developers want to build a five-storey apartment block in place of the neglected Prince Albert in New Street, which became derelict after closing in 2008.

They have now revealed a new image of their scheme after first submitting the plans to Ashford Borough Council (ABC) earlier this year.

Plans for the new apartment block were approved. Courtesy of Lee Evans Partnership
Plans for the new apartment block were approved. Courtesy of Lee Evans Partnership

Applicant Whitehaven Estates wants to build 14 two-bedroom apartments and commercial space for shops or offices on the ground floor.

But angry nearby resident Joanna Perkin said: “I fail to see any difference in the amended plans other than pedestrian access.

“I still strongly object to the plans for this proposed building which is totally out of character with the existing buildings. Parking will remain an issue, as will the safety on this busy roundabout. I am also concerned about access to Barrow Hill while the demolition and building works are carried out.”

The derelict pub in New Street
The derelict pub in New Street

The plans are expected to be decided by ABC’s planning committee at its next meeting or in December.

Despite the criticism from some neighbours, supporter Steve Moore said: “I have lived in and around Ashford for 55 years and while the town has lost some historic buildings in the past, this one has been an eyesore pretty much all of that time. It can no longer be viable to restore and the Grade II listing has been removed.

“This building is on the gateway to Ashford, coming from the Maidstone area, and I now feel that it would be much more appropriate to have a prestigious and attractive building as the first thing visitors see on arrival.”

The pub, which was previously known as the The Prince of Orange, was gutted by fire in 2014.

KentOnline contacted the Lee Evans Partnership, which is working on behalf of Whitehaven Estates, but did not receive a response.

To view the scheme, visit www.ashford.gov.uk and search for the 17/01118/AS application. The deadline for public comments is Friday, November 24.

Join the debate...
Comments |

Don't have an account? Please Register first!

The KM Group does not moderate comments. Please click here for our house rules.

People who post abusive comments about other users or those featured in articles will be banned.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.


Terms of Comments
We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules. If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here, email multimediadesk@thekmgroup.co.uk or call 01634 227989.

Follow us

Like Us on Facebook

Most popular

Kent Travel News

Close This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.Learn More