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Ex Gateway head to regenerate Ashford

The former head of the Thames Gateway has been appointed to a new company to oversee the regeneration of Ashford, in Kent.

Judith Armitt will head up Ashford’s Future company and will be responsible for hitting housing growth, employment targets, transport infrastructure improvements and mixed-use town centre developments.

The town is set to receive £2.5 billion of public and private money and the regeneration is expected to create 28,000 jobs and 31,000 homes by 2031.

Ms Armitt was replaced as Gateway boss in December after only a year in the job. She was previously head of Medway council for nine years.

Chairman of the Ashford’s Future Partnership Board councillor Paul Clokie said: “I am delighted that Judith Armitt has agreed to become managing director of the Ashford’s Future company. She has a clear understanding of Ashford’s aims and objectives and there is no question that we will benefit from her leadership and expertise.

“Through creating the new Ashford’s Future company to deliver key projects, the capacity of the Ashford’s Future partnership will be strengthened. This should give us all great confidence in delivery and serve to encourage further investment."