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More cash for affordable homes

Ashford Borough Council has been given a further £3.4m to build much needed affordable homes for local people.

The council has successfully bid for the cash from the Local Authority New Build programme managed by the government’s Homes and Communities Agency.

The council was previously awarded £1.7m in September. This latest injection means the council can now press ahead and build 80 homes beginning as early as March.

Homes are planned for small brownfield sites in Kennington and Willesborough and villages including Biddenden and Great Chart.

Ashford is one of only a handful of councils in the south east to begin building social housing after the introduction of new rules which allow councils some financial freedom.

For more information visit the Ashford Borough Council website.