Aylesham - the original Garden Village

With talk of new 'Garden Cities' being created in North Kent the UK's two biggest house builders, Barrett Homes and Persimmon Homes are busy expanding the original Garden Village at Aylesham in East Kent.  Conveniently located in tranquil countryside between Dover and the cathedral city of Canterbury, Aylesham is the largest village in East Kent and was built to a plan created by renowned architect Sir Patrick Abercrombie in 1928. 

Abercrombie was an advocate of the Garden City movement and his original plan was for a small town of 15,000 residents at Aylesham but the 1930s recession saw only 500 homes built.  Abercrombie's vision, however, is now back on the agenda. 

Dover District Council saw the potential of land it owned to expand Aylesham Village with plans for up to 1,200 new homes included in its Local Development Framework.   Work is now well underway on the development with a £12 million investment in new infrastructure, including roads, utilities and public realm for completion in January 2016.  Construction of the first 191 new homes (Phase 1A) is also underway.

Aylesham already benefits from an extensive range of modern community facilities, including two primary schools, health centre, dentist, library, community centre, and local business units and workshops.  New retail units will complement an existing range of local shops.  The village’s own leisure centre boasts a gym, exercise studio, synthetic and grass football and rugby pitches, netball and tennis courts, and one of the few American football pitches in Kent!

Transport connections are excellent with its own train station providing links to both Dover for connections to the high speed service to London St Pancras, and Canterbury.  The village is also well served by buses.

Posted on 01/05/2015