After a mammoth five-hour planning committee dedicated to just the one application, Ashford Borough Council has approved by 10 votes to two proposals for the Chilmington Green development last night (15 October).
This means the massive, controversial, residential development, earmarked for the rural area to the south west of the town, can now go ahead.
The Chilmington Green developer consortium includes Barratt Homes, Ward Homes, Jarvis Homes, Pentland Homes and Hodson Developments Ltd.
Collectively they had applied for outline planning permission to develop up to 5,750 houses, a countryside park, a secondary school, four primary schools, a supermarket and a new high street and market square.
The consortium had been opposed by the Keep Chilmington Green campaign group, which had collected more than 8,000 signatures against the proposals, arguing that local services, already stretched, would not be able to cope.
The decision confirms the council’s aspirations to welcome development and build a local economy and came on the same day as it launched a new marketing campaign to attract inward investment at MIPIM London.