Ashford Property Investment in 2021: A returning property hotspot.

Brett Alegre-Wood
May 23, 2021

Ashford Property Investment in 2021

Following the accomplishment of the primary release of the Ashford Property Market Report 2020, Ashford Borough Council has joined forces with Caxtons Chartered Surveyors again to make a report for 2019/2020 about Ashford property investment in 2021. 

The 2020 Ashford Property Market Report furnishes property experts and financial backers with a top to bottom investigation of the advancements forming Kent's main business area and changing the neighbourhood property market. Even thought it's 2021 the report still provides a great level of certainty for Ashford property investment in 2021.

While Covid-19 obviously affects the property scene, it stays imperative to see how the market was performing preceding the pandemic to adjust to changes rapidly and productively. 

This report presents the circumstance as it was before the pandemic and brings up issues on the fate of the private, business and retail areas to make a proactive conversation between nearby specialists, financial backers, engineers and property experts. 

You can also download our Property Investment Guide for Ashford.

Ashford Residential Property Investment in 2021

The Ashford private market has kept on performing admirably in 2019, with the normal private worth up 22% throughout the most recent five years, while staying under the Kent normal (£332,000 in Ashford contrasted with £350,000 in Kent). This overall worth offered to purchasers and tenants will be vital to help the market in a post-Covid-19 world. The precinct's area, just a little ways from London, joined with incredible availability and admittance to green spaces will likewise be key elements pulling in occupants to Ashford. 

  • Key private plans remember for the ward include: 
  • Riverside Park, Victoria Point and New Quarter close to the town community. 
  • Chilmington Green, which invited its first occupants in June 2019, Manor Park at Repton Park and Crest Nicholson's new town at Finberry. 
Ashford property investment in 2021

Ashford is just 38 minutes from St Pancreas Station in Central London.

Ashford Office Market

The Ashford office market has stayed solid in 2019/2020, with a 33% development in prime office lease in the course of the most recent five years. Worth in the town additionally stays higher than the province normal, remaining at £194 per m2 (£18 per ft2), contrasted with £182 per m 2 (£16.90 per ft 2) for the remainder of Kent. 

Associate 38 has kept on drawing in new organisations, with PageSuite taking 557 m2 (6,000ft2) on the ground floor, and Tarkett, Hollis and Towergate taking a further 1,022m 2 (11,000ft 2). 

A big boost to Ashford property investment in 2021 is the third expansion to the Ashford Commercial Quarter, The Coachworks is a blended use project situated close to Connect 38 and International House, which dispatched toward the finish of 2019. It incorporates another business centre point, home to a scope of studios just as cooperating spaces which have demonstrated well known with various organisations occupying room like Sideways Media and Big Wolf Marketing. In general, the space can oblige 200 labourers. With the development of deft working and outsourcing, such spaces are currently vital for satisfy nearby need. 

Newtown Works, another 7,440m 2 (80,084ft 2) complex involving four TV and film studios with creation floorspace created by Quinn Estates, U+I Plc and The Creative District Improvement Co, was allowed arranging authorisation in April 2020. It will offer genuinely necessary space for inventive organisations and has effectively pulled in interest from world-driving streaming brands. It will likewise shape part of the more extensive Thames Estuary Production Corridor to give workspaces to imaginative and advanced organisations. 

Ashford Industrial Market

On account of its essential area on the M20, great network and the accessibility of value modern space, Ashford property investment in 2021 has become a key mechanical market in Kent and saw developing interest for modern and enormous box coordinations space in 2019. Furthermore, prime mechanical lease keeps on being over the normal for Kent, at almost £97 per m 2 (£9 per ft 2) contrasted with £92 per m 2 (£8.55 per ft 2). 

Coronavirus' effect available has changed relying upon the area, with assembling organisations affected by lockdown, while the conveyance area has driven interest for space locally. 

Key modern advancements in Ashford include:

  • The MOJO Site, which was gained by the government in July 2020 to fabricate another custom leeway place. 
  • Orbital Park, with Unit M going through far reaching restoration and the last plot on the Park offering to a private financial backer. 
  • Waterbrook Park, a 130-section of land blended use plan will incorporate a scope of SME units. 
  • Carlton Road Business Park, which has pulled in ABM Contractors and Glenside Commercials.

Ashford Retail Market

With the retail area going through primary changes across the UK, Ashford's 2018 rental increases were turned around in 2019. Regardless of this, rents rose by 5% in the three years to Q3 2019, contrasted with the 2% fall in the Kent normal, showing versatility in the ward. Ashford's technique to offer a novel town community experience, with an assorted offer and key advancements, for example, Elwick Place, the Curious Brewery and The Coachworks opening in 2019, will be critical to recuperation and pulling in the staycation market in the second piece of 2020 has helped boost Ashford property investment in 2021. 

The Ashford Designer Outlet extension was likewise finished in 2019, giving an extra 9,290m2 (100,00ft 2) space for 50 new stores and a food piazza. 

Tentative arrangements, for example, the redevelopment of the privately drove Odeon Square site at Vicarage Lane, will likewise help re-energise the neighbourhood retail market. 

Recreation and Tourism 

In 2019, Ashford saw extensive advancements of its travel industry, relaxation and guest attractions with: 

  • The launch of the new Curious Brewery inverse the International train station in May 2019, which incorporates a shop, a bar and a café. 
  • The finishing of the Ashford Designer Outlet extension in November 2019, which carried 50 new shops and eateries to the town. 
  • The launch of the Elwick Place relaxation complex in December 2018, with Macknade, Snap Fitness and AIMREC opening in 2019 and 2020. 
  • The launch of the Hot House and the Event Yard at the Coachworks in August and December 2019, offering inhabitants another food and savor objective the town place. 

These have had a vital influence in nearby recovery and raising the ward's profile as an incredible objective for staycations. With additional improvements including the new Domaine Evremond creation office and guest focus, which was allowed arranging in July 2020 and the Vinorium, another wine vendor's central command, Ashford will reinforce the district position as a main area for grape plantations and wine the travel industry in the South East and the UK. 

It is significant that Ashford is now home to 18 grape plantations, including four of the seven Wine Garden of England grape plantations (Biddenden, Chapel Down, Domaine Evremond and Gusbourne). Whilst not directly impacting Ashford property investment in 2021 it still adds to the overall attraction. 

To help guest stays in the ward, new inns have opened and are anticipated the following not many years, including: 

  • The new Travelodge at Elwick Place, which opened in January 2019. 
  • The Ashford International Hotel which will be changed into another Delta lodging by Marriott because of a multi-million-pound venture from the world-driving cordiality brand. 
  • The Hampton by Hilton at Victoria Point, where development has begun development and is expected to be finished before the finish of 2020. 
  • Another 120-bed inn as a component of the Newtown Works improvement.

While the effect of Covid-19 on the relaxation and the travel industry areas has been critical, there are openings for nearby attractions to catch homegrown staycations in Summer 2020. 

While 2019 and the start of 2020 saw the Ashford property market go from one solidarity to another, the Covid-19 pandemic will altogether affect future patterns, regardless of whether business or private. 

The previous month has seen quick changes in the market including new arranging applications and changes, for example, the Government's arranging changes which will likewise affect the Ashford property investment market in 2021. Be that as it may, we might want this report to open a conversation with property experts to take a gander at what's in store for the property market.

If you are considering Ashford property investment in 2021 as an option why not give the team a call on 02079236100.

Live with passion and fun, 

Brett Alegre-Wood


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