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Loudon Way Link

Loudon Way - Ashford - Kent - TN23 3QS

Taylor Wimpey South East, Persimmon Homes South East and Ashford Borough Council are consulting on potential options for a connection between Repton Park and Godinton Park in Ashford, known as the Loudon Way Link.

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  • Overview

    Overview

    Taylor Wimpey South East, Persimmon Homes South East and Ashford Borough Council are seeking feedback on possible options for a potential new link known as the Loudon Way Link - between the Repton Park development and Godinton Park. The connection would be via Laurens Van Der Post Way running through the Godinton Park local centre to Loudon Way. Please see the plan on the right to show the location of the proposed link (click to enlarge). 

    The potential for a link was considered as part of the outline application for the Repton Park development and the possible options are based on suggestions developed by Cannon Consulting Engineers following consultation with Kent County Council Highway Services and Ashford Borough Council.

    A public exhibition was held on Wednesday 26th September at the Repton Connect Community Centre in Ashford, where the potential options for a new link were presented. The boards that were displayed at the exhibition can be downloaded here.

    The consultation period closed on Wednesday 10th October. All comments received will be considered and fed back to Ashford Borough Council and will help to inform their decision as to which of the proposed link options to take forward.

     

     

  • About the site

    About the site

    The Repton Park development is nearing completion after receiving planning consent in 2007 for around 1,250 new homes, a supermarket and a primary school. Jointly delivered by Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon Homes (the Consortium), the following final parcels are either under, or about to be under, construction:

    • Parcels 34-37
    • Parcel 13a
    • Parcels 8, 9 and 10

    In addition, planning applications are being prepared for parcel 10a (The High Street) and parcel 38, which will complete the development. The masterplan (shown below) sets out the broad arrangement of the development.

    It is an obligation in the legal agreement which accompanies the outline planning consent that the public and stakeholders are consulted on potential options to create a link between the Repton Park development and Loudon Way. This link would be provided between parcels 30 and 29, along Laurens Van Der Post Way at Repton Park and through the adjacent car park shared with the C-Op, village hall and local shops. 

    Loudon Way masterplan

    (Click to enlarge)

  • What's proposed

    The four options

    The four possible options for a potential new link connecting the Repton Park development with Godinton Park are outlined below. Please click on each of the plans to enlarge them.

    Option 1 – Do nothing

    Option 1 for the new connection, would see the existing arrangement preserved, with no connection between Repton Park and Loudon Way.

    Option one

    Pros

    • Will not result in a loss of parking spaces in the car park
    • Will retain existing tree-lined boundary

    Cons

    • Residents cannot directly connect/walk through to Godinton Park local centre and have to go via Evergreen Way
    • Slightly increased journey times for residents by having to use Evergreen Way

     

    Option 2 - Pedestrian and cycle link

    Option 2 for the new connection would see a shared pedestrian and cycle link created between Repton Park and Loudon Way. Due to the changes in levels between Godinton Park and Repton Park, the pedestrian/cycle route will need to be ramped, so it is Disability and Discrimination Act Compliant.  

    Option two

    Pros

    • Continues pedestrian/cycle link in Repton Park
    • Provides greater connectivity between Godinton Park and Repton Park increasing access to facilities
    • Reduce journey times between the two development areas for those within close vicinity of the site

    Cons

    • Will result in loss of approximately 3 parking spaces
    • Loss of trees on site boundary
    • Increased pedestrian and cycle movement through a car park

     

    Option 3 - Bus link

    Option 3 for the new connection would see the provision of a bus link-only connection with cycle and pedestrian access. Due to the changes in levels between Godinton Park and Repton Park, the connection will need to be on an embankment.

    Option three

    Pros

    • Continues connection provided for in Repton Park and reduces bus journey time
    • Safe segregated pedestrian/cycle route 
    • Provide greater connectivity between Godinton Park and Repton Park increasing access to facilities
    • Reduce journey times between the two development areas for those within close vicinity of the site

    Cons

    • Stagecoach has confirmed it will not reroute its bus service through this access, so the access would be unlikely to be fully utilised
    • Will result in loss of approximately 14 parking spaces and reorganisation of the car park
    • Access will appear prominent/heavily engineered due to level changes
    • Loss of trees on site boundary

    Option 4 -  Vehicle link

    Option 4 for the new connection, would provide a link that can accommodate cars, buses, cyclists and pedestrians.

    Option four

    Pros

    • Will reduce car journey times to Godinton local centre by up to 20 seconds
    • Provides a segregated pedestrian/cycle route of the new access
    • Provides greater connectivity between Godinton Park and Repton Park increasing access to facilities
    • Reduces journey times between the two development areas for those within close vicinity of the site

    Cons

    • Stagecoach has confirmed it will not reroute its bus service through this access, so the access may not be fully utilised
    • Will result in loss of approximately 14 parking spaces and reorganisation of the car park
    • Access will appear prominent/heavily engineered due to level changes
    • Increased car movements at the T-junction with Loudon Way
    • Loss of trees on site boundary
  • Updates

    News and updates

    • 10th October 2018 - Deadline for comments on the potential options for a link
    • 26th September 2018 - Public exhibition to took place at the Repton Connect Community Centre, Repton Avenue, Ashford, TN23 3RX