Top Architects Plans for Ashford

4 June 2010, 11:18 | Updated: 4 June 2010, 17:22

One of the countries top architects has said what he thinks should happen to Ashford which is set to double in size in 20 years.

Another 31,000 new homes are going to be built and 28,000 jobs created by 2031.

Sir Terry Farrell has been brought in as a design ambassador to have a look at what is already being done and what else could happen in the town.

He's suggested more is made of the high speed rail link and a load of disused railway sheds close to the station.

Among plans that have been presented to local residents at the Ashford International Hotel include, converting the Newtown Rail Complex into shops and restaurants and improving pedestrian links to the train station.

Sir Terry also thinks there should be an improved pedestrian and cycle route along the River Stour.

He said: "My job is to help articulate and elevate Ashford's ambitions for the future, to promote high quality design, and to explore further opportunities to enhance Ashford's potential as a major growth area in the South East."