There are three main areas where businesses can base themselves around the town of Ashford.
Eureka Business Park, next to junction 9 of the M20, has planning permission for one million square feet of office accommodation. 150,000 square feet of that is built and currently occupied. Funding has been secured for improvements to junction 9 which will enable Eureka Business Park to expand. These will start in spring 2010.
There are plans to develop a commercial quarter in the centre of Ashford with high quality public space and office buildings. Judith Armitt, Director of Ashford's Future, the partnership in charge of the town's expansion, says these buildings will be "taller perhaps than Ashford is used to".
The Sevington and Waterbrook areas are being developed for industries with large space requirements.
Many of the areas proposed for future expansion include significant populations of great crested newt and reptiles. If development proposals are to go ahead without unnecessary delays, the time required to implement appropriate survey and mitigation works must not under-estimated.