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Chatham scheme releases further homes

by Marco Cillario Fri 3 June 2016, 11:01 am

Work on a 265-home scheme in Chatham is under way, with the first properties already on the market.

The second and final phase of Horsted Park is being developed by Countryside, with completion expected in September 2016. It will deliver 202 homes and 63 extra care apartments in total.

The first phase of the scheme was completed at the beginning of 2016 and delivered 86 homes.

Located between Chatham and Rochester, two miles from Chatham station and one from the M2 junction, the scheme is being built on the site of the former Mid-Kent College, next to a Napoleonic fort. The houses will have views over Horsted Valley.

Around 30% of the site area is dedicated to open space. A new central village green is being created, which the developer intends making the ‘heart’ of the scheme, connecting it with two parks and a circular green walk. A community events space and a cafe are also planned.

The architecture of the buildings is conceived as a series of ‘farmsteads’ inspired by the local Kent countryside, with brick paneling, clay tiles and wooden weatherboarding.

The extra care apartments, in a building designed around a central courtyard, will provide residents with their own self-contained home with assistance on hand as needed.  Two community rooms and a restaurant will be provided in the same building.

Horsted Park won a Housing Design Award in 2014 and was named housing project of the year at the Building Awards 2013.

The first set of homes of this second phase was put on the market in the spring: it includes three-bedroom family houses and two-bedroom coach houses. The developer said that one and two-bedroom apartments will be released shortly.

Iain McPherson, managing director of Countryside’s new homes and communities south division, said that the developer expected “strong interest in the new release of homes”.

He added: “Chatham has excellent rail connections so is ideal for those who commute into London for work, yet Horsted Park also offers a peaceful setting in a friendly and welcoming community.”

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