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Kent: CGIs turned into reality in large-scale developments

Here we look back at a mix of residential, leisure and retail developments across Kent and how they compare to their artists impressions. Ashford Ashford Designer Outlet The Ashford Designer Outlet has been a popular attraction since opening in 2000. Due to its popularity, chiefs at McArthurGlen – which owns the shopping complex – announced expansion plans in November 2013. Artists impressions of the £90 million outlet expansion The completed outlet along Newtown Road in AshfordAfter two years of construction work, shopping centre bosses cut the ribbon on the £90 million extension yesterday. It…

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Aerial view of the Ebbsfleet central plans (Picture Ebbsfleet Development Corporation)

‘Ebbsfleet Central’ development to be ‘at the heart of’ city project

Ebbsfleet Garden City has announced a brand new development which will “be at the heart” of the multi-billion pound project. The acquisition of the 125-hectare site, which will be called Ebbsfleet Central, will contribute to delivering the promised 15,000 homes at the development, and has been backed by Housing Minister Esther McVey. The new addition will create a new commercial and residential centre and help provide jobs, homes and community and cultural facilities. Ebbsfleet Development Corporation’s £34 million purchase of the land from Landsec and Ebbsfleet Property LLP (EIGP) will…

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Salisbury town centre is one of the places that will benefit from the fund

UK high streets: 50 towns to share £1bn government funding

Fifty towns in England will be given a share of £1bn to revitalise their struggling high streets. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the announcement means more than 100 high streets will be supported by the High Streets Fund. The money could be used for schemes such as improving transport links or converting empty shops into homes or offices. The news comes as high street retailers fight to stay in business, with mass store closures, job losses and profit warnings. Mr Johnson said: “Our high streets are right at the heart…

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