UK’s Ashford Borough Council has given permission for the development of a £1.5bn residential community called Chilmington Green, in Ashford.
The scheme, which will be developed in phases, includes the construction of up to 5,750 homes, schools and infrastructure over the next 20 years.
In addition, it will provide locals with general amenities such as shops, healthcare, sports and community facilities.
Ashford Borough Council leader councillor Gerry Clarkson said: "Phase one has to be right and must set the tone for the development.
"Our emphasis is on high space standards, enough parking and really good quality public realm works. Developers must continue to buy into the principles clearly set out and work to the Quality Charter throughout the delivery of this important new development.
"We must all now turn our attentions toward building quality homes for the residents of tomorrow, those who will live here, be employed here and grow their families here."
Chilmington Green is expected to create more than 1,000 jobs in the region.
Ashford Borough Council’s approval, however, is subject to the completion of a Section 106 agreement, where a detailed plan must be created by applying the Garden City principles.
Chilmington Green Developer Consortium spokesperson Ian Bull said: "This is a significant milestone in the Chilmington Green project, but there are several more still to go through, not least finalising the Section 106 agreement between the developers and the planning authorities.
"While those negotiations are on-going, we will be working on the detailed design for phase one of the development. At this stage we would expect to start work on site during next summer on access roads, with the first homes completed in 2016."
Image: An artist’s impression of the proposed mixed-use scheme, Chilmington Green, in Ashford, UK. Photo: courtesy of Ashford Borough Council.