Planning chief praises regeneration sites
Hundreds of new homes should be available in summer next year at a lakeside site in Ashford.
Clarion Housing Group has bought a 31-acre site at Conningbrook Lakes, Ashford. The site has outline planning permission for up to 300 properties.
The development will have two, three, four and fivebedroom houses, as well as a small number of apartments, all for private sale.
It forms part of a wider plan to transform the former quarry site next to the Julie Rose Stadium in Willesborough Road into a country park around the lakes. The president of the largest planning institute in Europe toured some of Kent’s largest regeneration sites.
Stephen Wilkinson of Royal Town Planning Institute was taken around development sites in Rochester, Chatham and Gillingham. He said the schemes would “deliver the exciting vision for the area” as he saw the site for 1,300 homes at the 21-hectare Rochester Riverside.
He was also shown Gillingham Waterfront, Gillingham FC and the redevelopment of the former Royal Dockyard in Chatham, where 11,000 students study at four universities and MidKent College.
Mr Wilkinson said: “I have seen some great examples of how the planning team is working to deliver the exciting vision for the area.
“There is a focus on delivering sustainable development across the authority with regeneration projects delivered along the River Medway.”
Medway Council’s planning and economic growth chief Cllr Jane Chitty said: “We were pleased to be able to show just a few of the exciting developments taking place across Medway.”
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