What is Finberry?
Finberry is a new visionary village developed by Crest Nicholson, taking shape beside Ashford’s East Stour River.
This residential development will comprise of 1,180 homes, delivered in 14 phases and will also provide seven hectares of commercial space and a range of facilities, including a primary school, convenience store, restaurant, health centre, community centre and sports pitches. Green spaces also feature heavily within the development, with 200 trees, more than half a mile of hedging artwork and three ornamental lakes.
Since its launch in May 2014, the development has gone from strength to strength, and has attracted buyers from Ashford, Kent and further afield from the outskirts of London, with many joining a waiting list well ahead of properties being released.
Finberry’s popularity underpins Ashford’s reputation for offering the best of both worlds, with the development being perfectly placed between the Kent countryside and Ashford’s thriving town centre, and just 38 minutes to London from the Ashford International station.
The different phases of the development
Stour Meadows, Phase 1
Stour Meadows is the first phase of the development, with 140 units. This phase also included a new two-form Finberry Primary School, with planning secured in 2016 and the school opening in 2017.
This phase is now complete.
Green Oaks, Phase 2
Green Oaks is the second Finberry phase and includes 245 units, ranging from apartments to four-bedroom family homes.
This phase is now sold out.
Captain’s Wood, Phase 3
Featuring a collection of 113 apartments and family homes (two, three, four and five-bedroom houses), Captains Wood was the third phase at Finberry.
This phase is now fully reserved.
The Village Centre, Phase 4
The fourth phase of the Finberry development, the Village Centre includes two-bedroom apartments as well as two and three-bedroom houses, with one of the most innovative features of this phase being the new live/work houses.
As its names indicates, the Village Centre is the heart of the Finberry development, with new shops, a new school and a community centre taking shape. Green spaces take centre stage within this phase to provide residents with a countryside village feel.
The Live/Work Units
Alongside traditional apartments and family homes, relocators will find new live/work houses [Link to the Live/Work home news piece], which have been designed for people working from home. These units include a self-contained ground floor “work” area with a separate entrance, which will work as an office or studio space to welcome staff and clients.
These units are now fully reserved.
Bilham Farm, Phase 5
Bilham Farm is the latest phase of the Finberry residential development and includes 43 apartments and two, three and four bedroom houses.
If you would like to find out more, view or reserve one of the units, visit the Finberry website.
Finberry has created a new village community only minutes away from the Ashford town centre. People relocating to the area will benefit from all the advantages of living in Ashford, whilst enjoying the stunning Kentish countryside.
“There are many reasons [people have chosen Finberry]. The use of the Government Help to Buy scheme has made the development particularly popular because it enables potential purchasers to stretch to a home, they may have been unable to afford otherwise. It means they can live in this desirable part of Ashford and be part of this new community,” Andrew Dobson explains.
“And of course, as well as everything that Finberry itself has to offer, it also has a wealth of facilities on its doorstep, including the Ashford Designer Outlet, easy access to the M20 at junction 10, Ashford town centre and Ashford International Station for direct links to London St Pancras in just 38 minutes or Paris in under two hours.”
The development also offers high-quality homes, with a focus on sustainability and building houses build for families.
“One of the most attractive aspects of living in Ashford is the quality of life it offers and the provision of high-quality housing is a top priority,” says Cllr Gerry Clarkson, Leader of Ashford Borough Council.
“We demand exceptional standards in both the design and build of new housing and Finberry is an example of what can be achieved, successfully combining first-rate neighbourhood amenities with green space and easy access to the countryside.”
“We will continue to monitor quality standards in all our housing developments to ensure that they continue throughout the build period, until the development is complete.”
Who developed Finberry?
Crest Nicholson are the property developers behind the Finberry project. Andrew Dobson, managing director of Crest Nicholson talks about the project:
“We’re breaking new ground in Ashford and creating something that complements the many plans for an enhanced commercial and retail offering within the town itself,” says Andrew Dobson, Crest Nicholson’s Development Director.
“We believe in creating high-quality, sustainable schemes with a strong community spirit. It’s not just about building homes – our vision is to create a holistically planned community where the design, landscaping, open space and public realm are all vital elements of the whole development.
“Working with Ashford Borough Council has been a pleasure,” Andrew Dobson adds. “They care about this development as much as Crest Nicholson does and they understand what we’re trying to achieve.
“Finberry has blossomed into a flourishing community and we’re very proud to be here.”