Council backs Stanhope’s Ashford scheme
Published: 21 November, 2016
Council invests in Ashford’s future with town centre cinema agreement
A major new leisure development in Ashford has been given final approval, paving the way for a cinema, hotel and seven restaurants on land at Elwick Place. Ashford Borough Council will fund construction of the new town centre complex, which marks another step forward in Ashford’s major regeneration project.
Planning permission was granted in December 2015. Formal approval for the borough council to fund the development, subject to resolving a number of outstanding matters, was given by councillors in April 2016. An announcement followed at the end of June that the town centre cinema will be operated by Picturehouse, Cineworld’s boutique cinema brand.
This is the second time Ashford council has bought a town centre scheme, after it backed the regeneration of Park Mall. Cllr Graham Galpin, portfolio holder for town centres and business, said: “We are making a big statement here to businesses and residents. This council is so passionate about the success of its town centre that it is once again investing in it. Park Mall was in need of a lift, so we acquired it and have transformed its fortunes, offering smaller business owners the flexibility to build their livelihoods. Elwick Place is needed to stimulate Ashford’s night-time economy.”