Friday, 17 October 2014

Major house building plans get green light

It’s going to be a busy time for house builders after plans for more than 6,500 new homes were given the green light in Ashford, Tonbridge and Malling, and Maidstone.

In addition to the 5,750 homes consented for Chilmington Green’s consortium, which includes Barratt Homes, Ward Homes, Jarvis Homes, Pentland Homes and Hodson Developments Ltd, the next phase of residential development at Kings Hill has been unanimously approved by Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council.

The Kings Hill decision will enable Liberty Property Trust, the developer and masterplanner of Kings Hill, to deliver a further 635 much-needed homes, including affordable homes.

As recognised by Michael Cassidy, chairman-designate of the Ebbsfleet Garden City Urban Development Corporation during a recent visit to Kings Hill, pictured, the development is a contemporary ‘garden village’ offering the quality he is looking to replicate in North Kent. 

The newly-consented development will deliver a primary school – the third at Kings Hill – an extension to the community centre, additional allotments, trim trails and sports pitches for Kings Hill Sports Park. 

In addition to almost 2,750 new homes together with shops, schools and amenities for approximately 8,800 residents, Kings Hill has already delivered 800,000ft2 of office space, while the 200 businesses there employ approximately 5,000 people. Employment land remains for more commercial development and the creation of a further 3,000 jobs.

Award-winning family-run housebuilder Countryside Properties also secured permission to develop 124 residential units on the site of the existing Marden cricket and hockey pitch from Maidstone Borough Council. 

Permission will now unlock the £4m of funding to replace the ageing sports facilities and relocate to new ones off Maidstone Road, a similar distance from the centre of the village as the current ground. A requirement of the planning permission is that the new sports facilities are delivered before the existing site is redeveloped for housing. The partnership between the landowner, club and Countryside Properties will also create a two-acre community orchard.

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