Summer start for Peters Village
Wed 15 April 2015, 12:55 pm
Work on the first phase of plans to build 1,000 homes on the east bank of the River Medway will start this summer.
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council granted planning permission to developer Trentport for the first 152 homes for phase one of the Peters Village development, which features 124 two, three and four-bedroom homes and 28 two-bed apartments.
The site was once home to Peters Lime & Cement Works, which employed 1,000 people and operated a fleet of 80 Thames Barges at its peak before falling into disuse in the 1920s.
Development work will also see a community centre, school and playing fields, shop, and traffic upgrades for its neighbouring villages built, as well as a new road and rail bridge over the Medway, opening up education, employment and leisure opportunities for this once isolated area of the Medway Valley.
This infrastructure investment of £50 million has been made possible thanks to assistance from the Government’s Local Infrastructure Fund, administered by the Homes & Communities Agency.
The location includes a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a haven for rarities such as the Great Crested Newt, several species of bat, the Adonis Blue butterfly, various orchids, and the Marsh Mallow Moth – it is one of just two UK sites where this moth is found.
Trenport director, Chris Hall, said: “Our site contractor Bam Nuttall started work on the site infrastructure last summer: the new roads network is well advanced, while construction of the elegant new bridge is now under way, but the first new homes will send a powerful signal about the regeneration of this site and the Medway area as a whole.
“We also decided to draw up the plans for the initial housing phases ourselves, in order to put down a marker for style and quality that we expect to carry through the entire Peters Village development.
“Phase one includes an important section of the Medway riverside which, with its waterside walkway and bespoke lighting, is on course to be a showpiece for the entire community. The forthcoming phase two will add a further 157 homes and include 65 of the first affordable housing stock, under arrangement with the Guinness Partnership housing association – an important component in creating a well-rounded community.
“The new bridge, of course, opens up great opportunities for the whole of the east bank at this point in the valley, and brings the location right into the context of regenerating the greater Medway and North Kent area, along with other significant new developments such as the Ebbsfleet garden city and the £2bn Paramount Theme Park at Greenhithe. It really is an exciting time in this part of the county.”