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Planning application sent for £150m lorry park and 400 houses at Waterbrook in Ashford

By Aidan Barlow

Developers have submitted a planning application for a multi-million pound scheme which is set to create hundreds of jobs.

GSE Group Ltd has revealed the plan for the Waterbrook site to the east of Ashford, off the A2070 trunk road.

It will include a new international lorry park to provide spaces for 600 vehicles to stay overnight, more than double the size of the current site, in a bid to curb the problem of trucks parking up around housing estates and lay-bys.

Aerial view of the Waterbrook site in Ashford
Aerial view of the Waterbrook site in Ashford

There will also be space for business development on the 140-acre site, which will include the new headquarters for GSE, and offices for the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency.

It will also include a Jaguar Land Rover dealership and commercial premises which could create a total of 750 jobs.

Meanwhile in once the truck stop is complete, work would then start on the construction of a further 400 houses, which would link into the Orbital Park roundabout on the A2070.

GSE managing director Darrell Healey said: “These proposals will help Ashford and Kent. It will secure the jobs, the secure parking for HGVs and the houses that are needed.

“Across the county there is a growing shortage of high quality commercial property. Waterbrook will deliver for Ashford by supporting the growth of existing local businesses and help attract new ones.

Masterplan for the Waterbrook site in Ashford
Masterplan for the Waterbrook site in Ashford

“The town’s connectivity and high-speed rail link, along with the new junction 10a, will mean that it is set for further economic growth and the outlook for the borough is positive.”

The masterplan for the £150 million site has now been submitted to Ashford Borough Council’s planning department.

It will include a 13-acre park to separate the housing estate from the lorry park, and a further 25 acres will be left undeveloped in a bid to boost wildlife.

The outline planning application has been submitted to Ashford Borough Council’s planning officers, who are expected to produce a report by Tuesday, April 17.

To view the plans online visit the planning section at www.ashford.gov.uk and search for reference 18/00098/AS.

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