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New 1,000-home project for Ashford

Construction work is underway on a new scheme on the outskirts of Ashford in Kent that will see the delivery of more than 1,000 new homes for buyers over the coming months.Covering 168 hectares at the former Cheeseman's Green site in Finberry, the scheme was the first in the UK to make use of funding as part of the ongoing Get Britain Building scheme from the Homes and Communities Agency.In total, the project is looking to deliver 1,180 new homes to provide a considerable boost to the provision of housing in the area; a development that will go a long way towards addressing the ongoing housing crisis that is being seen across the county and many other parts of the UK.The construction of these new residential properties is being undertaken by developer Crest Nicholson, with associated infrastructure improvements and amenities improvements also being completed by the firm for the benefit of those moving into the site.Councillor David Robey, portfolio holder for planning and development, said: "Not only will the development mean new homes and community facilities, it will provide many new jobs locally, from the construction phase right through to its completion."We look forward to seeing a vibrant, thriving community develop over the coming years and to welcoming the many new families that move to the area, from near and far, to set up home here in Ashford."He added this latest development is the largest investment in new facilities that has been seen in the borough since 2002 and is a sign of confidence in the Ashford market.Stephen Stone, chief executive of Crest Nicholson, commented the scheme has provided a genuine enhancement to the local area and the mix of new homes, infrastructure improvements and investment in amenities has helped to deliver a thriving new local community.Delivering these much-needed new homes in partnership with the public sector is a chief aim of the company and Mr Stone added this type of development helps to breathe new life and deliver a range of long-term gains for an area.  

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