Thursday, 13 April 2017

New Lower Thames Crossing gets the green light

An important next step in relieving the burden of the M25 congestion caused in and around Dartford – and strengthening the transport links to our Channel ports – has been taken, with the announcement by the Secretary of State that the green light has been given for a new Lower Thames Crossing east of Gravesend.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Council caught between a rock and a hard place in battle for Gibraltar Farm

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has endorsed his planning inspector’s recommendation and granted permission for 450 new homes at Gibraltar Farm, at Hempstead in Medway, despite major local opposition.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Capacity cash on its way to two Kent councils

Two Kent local authorities have managed to get their hands on part of a new £16.5 million pot of funding to support housebuilding.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

£125m deal agreed for Chilmington Green

Kentcentric understands that a deal – equivalent to £21,739 per house for each of the 5,750 homes proposed for Chilmington Green – has been signed between Ashford Borough Council, Kent County Council and the developers behind it.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

In the PUBlic interest

Soon it will no longer be possible to secure ‘change of use’ for a public house. Communities secretary Sajid Javid has agreed to amend the Neighbourhood Planning Bill to remove permitted development rights from pubs before it is voted on in the House of Commons.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Shepway vote causes East Kent super council rethink

Last night’s anticipated vote on the bringing together of the councils of Canterbury, Dover, Shepway and Thanet to create one super council for East Kent, appears to have fallen at the first major vote – halting plans for public consultation on the proposals.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Ashford’s on the move

Recent news items suggest Ashford is continuing to lead the Kent development stakes and welcoming new investment.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Aerodrome redevelopment called in

Despite Waverley Council in Surrey having resolved to approve the development of 1,800 new homes on the site of the 248-hectare Dunsfold Aerodrome, Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Department for Communities and Local Government, has called it in.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Dover planning case goes to Supreme Court

A legal wrangle over a major housing scheme partly within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) near Dover is set for a showdown in the Supreme Court by the end of the year.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Announcing the winners of the Kent Design and Development Awards 2016

The winners of the 2016 Kent Design and Development Awards have been revealed, with The Wing at Capel-le-Ferne named Project of the Year.

Twenty-three developments were shortlisted for the eight categories, with the overall Project of the Year voted for from among the category winners on the night.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Shortlist unveiled for development awards

The finalists in the 2016 Kent Design and Development Awards have now been revealed.

Twenty-four projects from across the county have been shortlisted in the awards, which are jointly organised and sponsored by DHA Planning, Kent County Council, and PR and marketing agency Maxim and take place every two years.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Awards celebrate Kent’s design, development and built environment

The search is now under way to find the winners of the Kent Design & Development Awards 2016, which celebrate the design excellence of the county’s property and construction industry.

Monday, 6 June 2016

Housing demand puts planning system under pressure

With housing demand outstripping supply it is easy to understand why every landowner would be interested in getting permission for residential property, but it’s putting our planning system under immense strain.

Friday, 3 June 2016

Confidence is of Paramount importance, and the delays aren’t helping

When it comes to major development projects, such as London Paramount, securing political backing invariably depends on whether those with political influence have the confidence it will actually be delivered – and the delays aren’t helping.