Ashford Borough Council has confirmed that a planning application has been received from Brompton for a revolutionary new factory, delivering a £100 million investment for the local area and potential for up to 4,000 jobs for the Kent economy.

The UK’s largest bicycle manufacturer announced earlier this year that it had chosen Ashford as the company’s global headquarters, following a national search with a pledge to work with universities and colleges to build local skills.

The planning application details of how the new factory will be constructed within a 100-acre floodplain, which will provide an opportunity to restore the wetland and promote walking and cycling for the local community in this unique, natural setting in the heart of Ashford.

The innovative scheme would house a world class production facility and company HQ, and by 2027, the company expects to employ over 1,500 staff. Once fully operational, the proposed development will result in around 4,000 jobs being supported locally, including supply chain jobs, jobs supported by the spending of staff and the factory operation itself.

The application is available to view on the Ashford Borough Council Planning Portal, application number PA/2022/2772.

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