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Plans for the first 152 homes at Peters Village - the all-new community on the east bank of the River Medway near Wouldham - have been approved by Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council (TMBC).

Members of the TMBC Area 3 Planning Committee voted almost unanimously in favour of the Peters Village: Phase 1 proposals.

They had heard Chris Hall, a Director with site developer Trenport Investments, say that a green light would allow building to start in August and he added: "By late 2015/early 2016, new residents will be able to move into what we are proposing as a high quality riverside community.

"The scheme will eventually deliver 1,000 homes and it is important that this first phase sets a high quality tone. We have listened to the views of the local community in developing these proposals, with detailed matters including building heights and parking."

The latter point prompted some debate by councillors and presentations from the public gallery, but council planners pointed out that whatever criterion was used to judge the site - suburban or village/rural - Trenport had exceeded ING3 parking guidelines from Kent County Council by some margin.

The developer's plan calls for 313 spaces – including 44 on-street communal or visitors' slots – to serve the 152 Phase 1 homes.

Keen to create the blueprint for a new community that is visually interesting and characterful, Trenport has opted for a careful and varied mix of properties comprising 28 2-bed apartments and 124 houses, with the latter breaking down into 16 2-bed, 75 3-bed and 33 4-bed homes.

Chris Hall said after the meeting: "All parties want Peters Village to be a landmark development, so we worked closely with TMBC to ensure Phase 1 sets the right template on design and quality."

"We noted concern about parking and erred on the side of caution and, although we are not obliged to install side-by-side parking spaces on properties, we have responded to local comments and adjusted the plan to include as many as we can in addition to the normal 'tandem' drive arrangement. The total number of spaces also includes car ports and parking bays."

With Phase 1 now given the green light, Trenport has followed up with a similar application for Peters Village: Phase 2, adding 157 more homes and including 65 of the first affordable housing stock, being developed under arrangement with the Guinness Partnership housing association.

Apart from the housing stock, some £50 million is being spent on infrastructure for Peters Village, including a £19.5 million loan from the Government's Local Infrastructure Fund administered by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

This overall total will deliver community facilities and a modern transport network including a new Medway Valley Crossing, linking Peters Village and the existing villages of Wouldham, Burham and Eccles with the A228 on the Medway's west bank, giving these communities better access to job opportunities, schools, shopping, recreation and housing.

The heart of the scheme is the former Peters Lime and Cement Works, once one of the largest chalk quarrying operations in the area. At its peak, it employed 1,000 people and operated 80 barges, but cement production ceased in the 1920s and the site was then home to light industrial and transport uses until the early 2000s.

By then it had long been earmarked as a brownfield site suited to future housing needs - a point confirmed by the current TMBC Local Plan.


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Peters Village

After several years of planning and public consultation, Trenport achieved planning approval in May 2006 for a new village near Wouldham in Kent, and a new bridge across the River Medway. Trenport is committed to ensuring that the new project is a model of sustainable development.

This means providing, amongst other things, community facilities that reduce the need for journeys by car by providing a high quality environment for pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians and improved bus services.

The Local Plan

The site has been identified since the mid 1990's as suitable for residential development. It is allocated as such within Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council's Local Plan. It is also identified for residential development within Kent County Council's Structure Plan.

The planning process

The submission of the planning applications for the village and the bridge followed a long period of study of the site and surrounding area. The study looked at environmental issues such as ecology, landscape, transport and land contamination. Outline planning approval for the construction of a new village of 1,000 residential units was granted by Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council. Detailed planning permission was required for the new bridge, and it was granted jointly by Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council and Medway Council in May 2006, as the new bridge crosses the boundaries of the two local authorities.   Master Plan

A sustainable development

The village is illustrated on the master plan above. The net area of development is approximately 35.05 hectares (86.61 acres) of which 11.1 hectares (27.3 acres) is set aside as public open space. The new village will include:-
  • Regrading of the site with four development areas: one alongside the river (old Peters Works site), and three within the former quarry. Acceptable gradients will be created and the site will be protected from flooding.
  • 1,000 homes of varying sizes and tenures, including affordable housing for local people.
  • Development within the village centre next to the river will include buildings to a maximum of 4/5 storeys high. Those on the lower platform in the quarry and along Hall Road will be 2/ 2 � storeys high with the occasional 'landmark' building at 3/4 storeys. Those on the middle and upper quarry platforms will be up to 2 � storeys high.
  • New primary school
  • Local centre next to the river including: community centre, police post, medical centre, ambulance post, shop, public house and employment units.
  • New areas of open space and playing fields.
  • A new riverside walk
  • Protection and management of the Peters Pit nature reserve.
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