Plan­ning chief praises re­gen­er­a­tion sites

Kent Messenger Maidstone - West Kent Property - - FRONT PAGE -

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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