The £650m investment programme for the Channel Corridor town of Ashford is beginning to deliver results. Ashford – the fastest growing town between London and the Continent – is on course to double in population by 2031,
creating 28,000 extra jobs and 31,000 new homes.
Ashford’s Future is the agency overseeing the development of Kent’s market town, under the brand ‘Ashford – best placed in Britain’ (visitwww.ashfordbestplaced.co.uk
Ashford’s Future has now appointed PR consultancy Edwards Harvey to help manage media relations with national, business and specialist trade press. Edwards Harvey operates a dedicated press office on behalf of Ashford’s Future. Background information and photos are available. For help with interviews and research into features, contact:
In 2001 the Regional Planning Guidance for the South East identified Ashford as one of four key growth areas in the region (alongside the Thames Gateway, Milton Keynes and Stansted/M11 corridor). In 2002 a study was carried out to assess Ashford’s capacity for growth and how this could be achieved. It concluded that within the period to 2031, Ashford has the capacity to provide an extra 31,000 homes and 28,000 jobs.
In 2003 these recommendations were included in the Government’s Sustainable Communities Plan, which sets out how housing needs in the South East would be met by providing long-term sustainable communities. Since then work has been going on ‘behind the scenes’ to lay the foundations for growth.
Government and private sector funding has been secured and feasibility studies have been performed to ensure the infrastructure is in place.
Ashford is now in a position to start delivering the growth across a range of sectors including logistics, retail, commercial property, housing, business relocations, environmental improvements, enhanced transport links,
health services provision and further education. Contact Jeff or Leah at Edwards Harvey to find out more.
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