A car park in Ashford could be redeveloped by Spelthorne Borough Council into 127 affordable homes.

The council has applied to its own planning department to build five family houses, eight three-bedroom flats, 78 two-bedroom flats and 36 one-bedroom flats, each with car parking and amenity space in the site in Victory Close in Ashford.

It’s the council’s first 100 per cent affordable development and key workers will get priority. A deal has been reached with Ashford & St. Peter’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust so its staff benefit.

Council leader Cllr John Boughtflower said: “We are excited to offer this much needed and innovative residential development programme and we hope this will move a step closer to solving the affordable housing crisis while supporting the local housing market as it recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.

“If the recent months has taught us anything it is how much we value our NHS staff and other key workers in the Borough who over time have been priced out of the housing market.”

The development will have its own energy centre, electric vehicle charging points and solar panels.

Cabinet member for housing Cllr Maureen Attewell said: “For years the private housing market has failed to deliver the affordable housing that our residents need, and as a council we need to step up to the plate.

“This development will go a long way to meeting our rightly ambitious target and we feel now is the right time for us to be seeking to innovate in our approach to the delivery of affordable housing.”

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