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Crest Nicholson unveils homes with purpose-built workspace in Ashford

By Chris Britcher

A number of innovative homes which combine living space with room to run a business have been launched.

Nine of the 'live/work' properties are being created by developer Crest Nicholson at is Finberry site in Ashford.

Designed to combine living space on the first and second floors, they come with purpose-built workspace on the ground floor for those who want to work from home or start their own business.

Exterior of the homes complete with office space (4642715)
Exterior of the homes complete with office space (4642715)

Annette Cole, sales and marketing director at Crest Nicholson Eastern, said: “There are a large number of small businesses and start-ups in the county, with 89.8% of businesses in Kent classed as 'micro-businesses', meaning they have just 0-9 employees. We’ve created the live/work units to meet demand in Kent for new styles of homes to suit adapting lifestyles.

“The properties could work for a range of businesses – from small architectural practices and regional accountancy firms, to artists’ studios or wedding planners. Money and time saved on commuting could be spent just generally having a better work/ life balance."

Cllr Paul Clokie, Ashford Borough Council portfolio holder for planning, said: “I’m delighted to see that these properties are now on the market. They add to the character of the emerging local centre and provide opportunities for people to start up a business in high quality surroundings which, hopefully will grow and prosper, perhaps leading them to expand into a larger business premises elsewhere in the town.”

Inside one of the homes on the development in Ashford (4642722)
Inside one of the homes on the development in Ashford (4642722)

Jo James, chief executive of the Invicta Chamber of Commerce: “With increasing entrepreneurs setting up business in Ashford, they certainly meet a growing demand."

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