Ashford News


Designer Outlet expansion approved by Ashford Borough Council

Ashford Borough Council has approved plans to expand the Ashford Designer Outlet Centre.

The 100,000 sq ft extension will add 40 new stores, six restaurants and cafes as well as nearly 40 additional jobs.

This is the first expansion since the centre, designed by Sir Richard Rogers, opened in 2000. The plans include the largest vertical ‘green wall’ built in the UK. The existing outlet comprises 90 stores and currently attracts nearly three million visitors a year.

The expanded outlet centre has the potential to further Ashford’s international appeal, while creating stronger links to the station and having an offer that complements the town centre with different, branded retailers. Phase two is planned to open in 2018.

The expansion will look to create the next generation of designer outlet, reflecting the quality of flagship McArthurGlen Designer Outlets in Continental Europe, taking the customer experience to a new level, bringing in exciting new brands, as well as café and restaurant concepts.

The expansion will create jobs, benefit the economy and establish it as a major shopping destination with several million more visitors a year predicted.

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Planning application submitted for multi-million pound transformation of Elwick Place

Almost 90 per cent of respondents support emerging proposals for Elwick Place which represents over £75 million of investment into Ashford town centre.

Property developers, Stanhope, submitted the second of two anticipated planning applications for the proposed Elwick Place redevelopment to Ashford Borough Council last week.

The submission follows Stanhope’s public exhibition held over two days in July this year, which attracted over 1,000 visitors keen to learn more about the mixed-use proposals. Analysis of over 200 written feedback forms received during the public exhibition revealed almost 90 per cent of respondents are supportive.

The planning applications, which include a new six-screen boutique cinema, a 60-bed family hotel, restaurants and cafés, homes, car parking and a space for events and community uses, promise to transform the brownfield site in Ashford town centre, which lies empty.

Hundreds of new jobs are set to be created through the development, both through the construction process and in the long-term.  

Stanhope’s community information e-mail address, for those who would like to know more, is


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Commercial Quarter plans take major step forward

Ashford Borough Council has agreed to work with local developers Quinn Estates Ltd and George Wilson Holdings Ltd on the site earmarked for the first new office building in the Ashford Commercial Quarter.

Together they will help bring forward the exciting plans to redevelop the area into a dynamic new main business hub in the town.

The Commercial Quarter is a mixed use development that will maximise the advantages of its location opposite Ashford International Station. It will stimulate major investment opportunities and create several hundred jobs, 590,000 square feet of office space and 150 homes.

Quinn Estates and George Wilson have been in partnership for over 10 years in which time they have delivered over 3million sq ft of commercial space in Kent and created thousands of jobs.

They have been involved on projects throughout the county including office space on Whitstable Road in Faversham, Estuary View in Whitstable and Lakesview Business Park in Hersden. Quinn Estates also recently acquired the former Letraset building in Kingsnorth Industrial Estate, Ashford, which now is home to Kent Space.



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Articles above courtesy of Ashford Borough Council