Demand for housing at St Mary’s Island
by Marco Cillario Thu 10 March 2016, 5:04 pm
High demand for housing was recorded during the first few days of off-plan selling at a development on St Mary’s Island in Chatham.
Parklands, the first phase of new homes at Azure, which is being delivered by housebuilder Countryside Maritime and the Homes and Communities Agency, features three to five-bedroom houses situated to the north of the 60-ha island.
St Mary's Island, part of the Chatham Maritime development, currently has more than 1,300 homes.
Countryside announced after the first weekend of off-plan selling, on 5 and 6 March 2016, that a number of reservations had already been taken.
Iain McPherson, director of Countryside Maritime, said that people had begun registering their interest in the new homes at Azure as early as 2013.
He added: “Much of this interest has come from people already living on the island who are looking to trade up, and other locals who have missed out on previous phases and still aspire to live there.
“The development is also attracting first-time buyers from London looking for more value for money and an idyllic, riverside location with a better quality of life, but still with a fast commute into London.”
Facilities available for residents include bars and restaurants in the leisure centre Jetty 5, and the Dockside Outlet Shopping Centre just off the bridge leading onto the island. Rochester’s new station, which opened in December 2015, is a 13 minute-drive away, with trains reaching London St Pancras in 38 minutes.