Conningbrook Lakes country park plans submitted

Image showing the planned lakeside village Conningbrook Lakes will offer facilities such as sailing and canoeing

A lakeside village with 300 homes will be at the heart of a Kent country park if a planning application is approved.

The Conningbrook Lakes country park, on the outskirts of Ashford, will have recreational facilities which will include sailing, canoeing, and fishing.

There will also be cycle links into Ashford and through to the Kent Downs.

The proposals for the site, which is an established lake for carp fishing, have been submitted to the borough council by the locally-based Brett Group.

'Beautiful place'

Adjoining the site is the Julie Rose Stadium, which has a 400m all-weather running track, an 800-seater stand, floodlighting and an indoor training area.

The developers said they hoped the two sites could co-exist alongside each other, with more people making use of the stadium's facilities.

A public exhibition was held in Ashford in July following two years of consultation with the local community and sporting, leisure and other organisations who have expressed an interest in using the country park.

Brett planning director Mike Courts said the lakeside village would be "a beautiful place to live and an asset to Ashford".

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