For a while Ashford has been focused on securing its own economic prosperity, with commercial and residential development at the heart of its strategy.
In recent weeks and months there have been a number of announcements that will drive Ashford forward.
Balancing the need to deliver jobs alongside houses has seen Quinn Estates and George Wilson Holdings unveil plans to construct a 590,000ft2 building along Station Road, next to The Everest Inn restaurant.
The mixed office and retail development, close to Ashford International Station, will be an integral part of the town’s emerging Commercial Quarter, bringing with it the prospect of hundreds of jobs.
Work to create the Commercial Quarter was kickstarted last year when Ashford Borough Council bought International House, the recent new home of Locate in Kent.