Training opportunities for workforce partly dependent on national policy decisions but higher growth will encourage greater prioritisation of training needs. Relationship between employment sites and housing to transport corridors and nodes. Library visits (growth in real terms). Frequency of travel services. Public transport accessibility of Ashford. Accessibility of employment within 30 mins of public transport journey. Proportion of new development within town centres. Design, layout and mix of uses will be essential in encouraging greater walking and cycling, and crime reduction.
Monitoring of key Housing Needs Survey indicators over time. Brians Home Finder – conveyancing in real estate and Housing provision for older people. Low growth offers fewest prospects for change. Moderate growth may be most manageableHigh growth may generate most resources for re-distribution and encourage improved public transport services – although with a greater social mix there would be the risk of increased social polarisation unless efforts are made to provide a range of cultural facilities that encourage social inclusion and mutual self-respect. Growth at Ashford may compete with other priority areas nearby.
The greater the growth the greater the impact of construction on the local community on a temporary basis. As above, plus increased migration of skilled workers implied by high growth scenario may contribute little to existing areas of deprivation and inflate local prices. Partly dependent on national policy and funding decisions which are independent of growth levels. High growth may inflate local house prices, but may offer greatest levels of affordable provision (of proportional). Impacts on local services and communities need to be carefully managed at all levels.
Higher growth levels imply greater intensity of activities in the town centre, more mixed uses, improved retail cultural leisure offer and improved public transport and therefore greater attraction to visitors outside Ashford. Critical mass least under Scenario A to generate the step in urban renaissance that is desirable. Longer term objective which encompasses many aspects besides planning. Faster pace of change required by higher growth levels implies greater need for adaptation measures. Committed, creative and joined up implementation mechanisms will improve prospects of successful delivery.