Victoria Road Gets The Green Light

Last night saw Ashford Borough Council vote overwhelmingly in favour of approving the Brewery/Residential and Aldi applications for the proposed new developments at Victoria Road.

The scheme offers the opportunity to deliver a high-quality mixed-use scheme that will accommodate a state-of-the-art brewery and visitor attraction, 216 apartments, a 120 bed hotel, a foodstore, and flexible office/retail floorspace within the heart of Ashford.

Guy Hollaway Architects are delighted to be working alongside clients, Chapel Down, and regeneration specialist and developer, U+I, on the multi-million pound development creating a combined new brewery and destination eating experience in the South East of England.

Excitingly, the new bespoke Curious Brewery is set to take over production of England’s leading wine producer Chapel Down’s gold star Curious Brew products. The new brewery and visitor centre will be a big boost for contemporary British brewing and is expected to attract up to 50,000 visitors per year, putting Ashford on the map.

Earlier this year, Chapel Down Group Plc raised £1.7m through a Seedrs equity crowdfunding campaign and share placing for Curious Drinks. The campaign, which closed in February, offered a comprehensive package of shareholder benefits and attracted 895 investors. Almost a third of investments came from Curious Drinks’ home county of Kent demonstrating the support from the local community.

We are delighted to have received approval for the two applications. The Curious Brewery will be an exceptional development for Ashford. The Hotel will be the final part of the Masterplan and is to be considered shortly.

U + I PLC commented

Without the team’s commitment and hard work, none of this would have been possible, thank you all so much. We are almost at the final planning hurdle in terms of getting the S106 signed off and the conditions agreed. We hope to get these outstanding matters completed as soon as possible.

Published on 20 October 2016