About this project
    2. Firstplan has acted for National Grid Property Holdings in respect of the Former Gas Works in Ashford, Kent since 2006. Firstplan initially became involved when a new road was proposed to cross the 2.49 hectare site, as part of a major regeneration area in Ashford.
    3. Negotiations commenced to secure the re-alignment of the proposed road, together with the use of the site for primarily residential development. The negotiation involved various consultation processes, including the Examinations in Public for the Ashford Core Strategy and the Town Centre Area Action Plan. Firstplan co-ordinated the preparation of a masterplan indicating how 610 dwellings could be provided on the site, and planning permission has now been obtained (2011) for the remediation of the site. The road (Victoria Way) has now been built to give access to the previously landlocked site, thereby allowing National Grid’s regeneration aspirations to come forward.
    4. Firstplan is now instructed to prepare and submit a planning application for residential development.
    2. Overcoming the proposal for a new road which would have significantly reduced the development potential of the site;
    3. Protecting our client’s interest at the various stage of public consultation to ensure the future regeneration aspirations for primarily residential development could materialise;
    4. Assisting in the facilitation of Victoria Way through the acquisition process and ensuring the Client’s aspirations have been addressed at the various stages of the planning process.
    1. OUR ROLE
    2. Providing initial advice on strategy and approach to protect National Grid’s interests;
    3. Instructing leading counsel and other professionals for a public local inquiry;
    4. Attending a public local inquiry, Examinations in Public for the Core Strategy and Town Centre Action Area plan, consulting with the relevant regeneration agencies, Ashford borough Council and Kent County Council;
    5. Co-ordinating the preparation of a masterplan and discussing development proposals with the Council and stakeholders;
    6. Preparing and giving evidence for the hearings;
    7. On-going negotiation, preparation and submission of planning applications for remediation and residential development.
  • Project Details

    Client National Grid Property Holdings Ltd
    Project Sector Employment & Regeneration

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