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Milestone for Peters Village

by Marco Cillario Fri 31 March 2017, 11:11 am

Plans to create a new 1,000-home community near Wouldham reached a significant milestone, as the 50 million infrastructure was completed, while the pace of housebuilding increased.

Developer Trenport has finished work on roads and services at Peters Village, while construction on phase one, by Bellway, is under way and housing association Orbit has acquired the land required for phase two.

Trenport was granted outline permission for the scheme on the east bank of the River Medway in 2006, but plans were then put on hold due to the recession. Thanks to a £19.5 million grant from the Homes and Communities Agency's Local Infrastructure Fund, infrastructure work eventually began in May 2014.

As well as providing the infrastructure, the developer was granted detailed permission for 152 homes as part of phase one, 157 for phase two and 104 for phase three. Bellway and Orbit subsequently acquired the land to carry out construction of the first two.

Work on phase one started in late 2016, with some of the properties completed, sold and occupied.

Orbit has now acquired enough land for phase two, where work is expected to start shortly. Trenport director Chris Hall said this will include “a good percentage of affordable homes, both rented and shared ownership”.

A new £18.9 million bridge over the River Medway opened at the site in September, the first such structure ever to connect the two sides of the river. The bridge and all road links to it are now fully operational.

Work has also started on a new primary school, to cater for the needs of both the future Peters Village community and Wouldham.

“We always intended to build a new school for Peters Village families, but Wouldham school approached us about creating an enlarged school to take pupils from there too,” explained Hall.

“They felt that, without costly refurbishment, the old village school had reached the end of its useful life.”

The school site was transferred by Trenport to Kent County Council for a symbolic £1, with the developer also contributing £4.43 million towards funding.

“It meant re-locating our original Peters Village school site, but this in turn created more space for badly needed housing development using brownfield land,” added Hall.

Completion of Peters Village is expected in 2022.

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