Charing is a small but lively village in the Ashford District of Kent, situated at the foot of the North Downs. The village is sited on the Pilgrims’ Way from London to Canterbury and contains a number of old manors.
Its most famous building is the Archbishop’s Palace, which lies by the church and was an ancient possession of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Charing is still surrounded by farmland, yet good transport links and considerable housing development since the 1960s have led to the area becoming a popular commuter village for those working within London. The Wheler Foundation owns the Otterden Estate, which comprises around 735 hectares on the North Downs, including land on the western edge of the village.
Carter Jonas manages the estate on behalf of the Foundation. Our masterplanning team were appointed to prepare a masterplan which explored the development potential of the site and demonstrated how a comprehensive extension to this part of the village might be delivered. The work is currently ongoing.