The plans for Waterbrook, the land owned by Ashford-based GSE Group, were unanimously approved by Ashford Borough Council on Wednesday 19 July.
The commercial property team at Clague were given the brief to bring forward detailed designs for doubling of HGV parking capacity at the award-winning Ashford International Truckstop, as well as new business space expected to create nearly 1,000 jobs.
Karl Elliott, partner at Clague, said: “Working closely with GSE Group and the team at the truckstop we were able to bring forward designs which will meet the needs of the business but also their customers by building in enhanced facilities and improved environmental performance.
“The new truckstop also brings with it community benefits for Ashford by providing an alternative place for HGVs to park safely and not on local lay-bys or trading estates.
“The new commercial property will also provide much-needed places for local businesses to grow, employ more people and support Ashford’s future.”
Forty five acres of Waterbrook will be developed for 70,000ft2 of new commercial space on 45 acres, alongside the existing Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency offices and planned Jaguar Land Rover dealership. When fully developed the commercial premises will provide employment for around 950 people.
Darrell Healey, Managing Director of GSE Group, said: “This is great news for Ashford and Kent and is the combined efforts of our team working closely with the council’s planners. It will create a new business space and new homes for Ashford, as well as securing much-needed parking for lorries and new homes.
“The council was very impressed with Clague’s designs for the new truckstop and commercial space which are at the heart of our plans to ensure the economic success of Ashford.
“Across Kent there is a growing shortage of high quality commercial property. Waterbrook will help sustain Ashford by supporting the growth of existing local businesses and help attract new ones, creating jobs for the growing population.”
GSE Group is expected to start work in September on the new, larger Ashford International Truckstop. When completed it will provide secure daytime and overnight parking for 600 HGVs.
During the construction programme, the existing truckstop will remain operational, helping minimise unlawful HGV parking in and around Ashford.
Clague worked with the Maidstone office of DHA Planning, who took the lead on the planning application, environmental impact assessment and outline masterplanning for the site.
To help attract the new businesses GSE Group has appointed property agents Sibley Pares and Knight Frank. GSE Group also worked with Cannon Consulting Engineers, Corylus Ecology, PJC Consultancy and Grant Acoustics on the plans for Waterbrook.
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