Groundworks are underway on a new housing development which is set to bring 65 much-needed new homes to Hoo St Werburgh.
Jones Homes purchased a site with outline planning permission for a residential development at White House Farm, off Stoke Road, in January. Outline planning permission for up to 65 dwellings was granted in July 2018, and a reserved matters application for the detail and layout of the development is now with Medway Council for consideration.
The 1.73 hectare site was previously used as paddock land and for storing caravans and motorhomes.
The housebuilder is set to invest more than £800,000 in local infrastructure and facilities as part of the outline agreement, while plans include 17 homes designated as affordable housing for local people.
The first new homes at the development, which will be known as Walnut Grange, are due to be released for sale in summer 2020.
Sara Stanhope, Sales and Marketing Director for Jones Homes Southern, said:
“There’s a real need for new housing in the area in and around Hoo St Werburgh and we are keen to start building the first homes at this new development.
“We’ve now started work on site in preparation for construction so we can progress with our plans as soon as possible.
“The site is a logical extension to the village and the homes have been carefully designed, taking cues from the best local architecture and transforming this former storage yard into a real asset for the village.
“We are also committed to supporting the infrastructure of the village as it grows to ensure that our new homes enhance the local area for residents, old and new.”
Jones Homes will contribute a total of £822,848 through the planning agreement for Walnut Grange. The payments include more than £390,000 towards nursery, primary, secondary and sixth form education. More than £200,000 will go towards a new community building or facilities in Pottery Road; £30,000 will be spent on traffic calming; more than £30,000 will help to fund improvements to Hoo St Werburgh Medical Practice; and £123,737 will be set aside towards the creation of a new country park in Hoo or Chattenden.
To register for updates on the new homes coming soon at Walnut Grange, visit jones-homes.co.uk.