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Lodge Hill plans approved

Tue 23 September 2014, 4:24 pm

Medway Council has approved plans by developer Land Securities to build 5,000 homes at Lodge Hill, after re-assessing the environmental impact of the development.

Designated last year as a site of special interest because of the presence of nightingales, the developer has now submitted “fresh material” for the proposal, which has been referred to the secretary of state and Natural England. Land Securities said the nightingales will be re-homed nearby. 

Plans for the scheme also include three primary schools, a secondary school, medical facilities, as well as leisure and retail space.

As part of the deal, the landowner must enter into a Section 106 agreement promising to deliver a number of additional projects in Medway to cope with extra demand as a result of the development.

Robin Cooper, director for regeneration, community and culture, said: “I am pleased the development at Lodge Hill is being reconsidered with fresh material from Land Securities.

“A new sustainable community in this location will play a substantial role in providing Medway with the new homes and facilities it needs to cater for the growing population. This is one of the key regeneration projects in Medway that will shape the future of the area and provide much needed jobs for our young local people.”

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