Steel columns are to stand at the centre of a new development in Ashford, where a crescent of town houses are due to be built on a former industrial estate.

Writing in the Ashford Herald, Jamie Rose explains that a total of eight “major changes” have been granted planning permission for completion in the coming decade.

The green light was granted in July for redevelopment of the former Godinton Way industrial estate to create 83 new homes on a site some 2.3 hectares in area.

One of the most eye-catching features of the development will no doubt be the crescent of three-storey townhouses facing out over a green expanse of grass.

At the heart of this open space is a central pavilion constructed of steel columns and paying tribute to the area’s transport heritage.

The article explains: “A crescent of three-storey terraced houses fronts the main access, along with a large public open space area.

“A garden pavilion artwork 7.5 metres high constructed in galvanised steel columns, beams and zinc sheet will describe the history of Ashford railway engine.”