Pillory Barn’s Miranda Chapman gives her thoughts on what the Kent Property Market Report 2018 means for the county.
I was pleased to attend the launch of the Kent Property Market Report last week in Folkestone. The clear conclusion from the 2018 report is that while the property market is generally challenging, there is reason to be positive in Kent.
You will all know that 2018 saw the launch of Connect 38 in Ashford, a Quinn Estates development which will form part of Ashford’s commercial quarter. We have all talked quite a bit about Connect 38 but as Kent’s biggest office development project for 20 years I do think it is worth talking about. It acts as a bright spot to focus on not just for AshfordFOR but also for the rest of Kent.
Looking to the rest of the county the recent placemaking campaign for Medway is surely brilliant and will consolidate the efforts of the Medway Towns to encourage investment in the area. Folkestone & Hythe District Council and Conzumel Estates are also working towards an outline planning application for Otterpool Park Garden Town situated in one of Kent’s cultural hotspots. Infrastructure projects such as the Lower Thames Crossing and Dartford town centre regeneration make the county feel like a busy place.
While there is lots to be done and there will be bumps in the road ahead, the Kent Property Market Report felt slightly brighter than the weather outside.