Huge public support for Elwick Place proposal

85 per cent of respondents to date support emerging proposals for Elwick Place

Almost 1,000 people visited Stanhope’s public exhibition about the future of the Elwick Place site in Ashford town centre last week, during which proposals for the derelict site were put on display of the first time.

Stanhope is collating initial feedback from visitors and the response to-date has been overwhelmingly positive, with 85 per cent of respondents who completed a feedback form stating they support the proposals.

The public exhibition, held over 30 and 31 July, gave shoppers the chance to review the proposals for a major new redevelopment of the Elwick Place site. Comprising a new boutique multi-screen cinema, a family hotel, restaurants and cafes, an events space, car parking and homes, the proposals represent an investment of upwards of £75 million into the local economy.

The proposals would significantly improve Ashford’s existing leisure offer and night-time economy, with some of the UK’s top restaurant brands targeted to take space at the new development. It is also expected that hundreds of new jobs will be delivered as part of the proposals.

Gary Bourne, Director at Stanhope, said:

“We were delighted to see so many people at our exhibition and the overall response to the proposals, which have been drawn up in close consultation with Ashford Borough Council, was very positive indeed. We gathered some extremely useful feedback, which we will now review in advance of submitting a planning application to Ashford Borough Council later this year.”

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