Green light for Phase 1 housing at Peters Village
Detailed plans for the first 152 homes at Peters Village have been approved by Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council (TMBC).
Trenport Director Chris Hall told members of the Council’s Area 3 Planning Committee:
“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.”
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. This phase includes an important section of the Medway riverside which, with its waterside walkway and bespoke lighting, is on course to be a showpiece for the entire all-new community.
Mr Hall said after the meeting: “We worked closely with TMBC to ensure Phase 1 sets the right template on design and quality.”
*With Phase 1 now given the green light, Trenport has followed up with a similar application to TMBC 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.
YOUR PHASE 1 QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Q Is there enough parking for the density of housing proposed?
A Trenport consulted in detail with TMBC planners and listened to comments by residents. Whether Peters Village is categorised as a ‘suburban’ or ‘village/rural’ development, our planning team deliberately exceeded the ‘ING3’ parking guidelines from Kent County Council for both categories by some margin, a point confirmed by TMBC planning officers when advising councillors at the time of the permission.
Q So how many spaces are there for Phase 1?
A We have allocated 313 spaces – including 44 on-street communal or visitors’ slots – to serve the 152 Phase 1 homes. The total also includes car ports and parking bays.
Q Are you going to be able to maintain this standard throughout the whole Peters Village development?
A We have said throughout that we want our own project management of the Phase 1 housing to put down a marker on quality - that applies to parking too.
Q Why haven’t you included more side-by-side twin parking spaces?
A The parking guidelines do not oblige us to install side-by-side parking spaces on properties, but 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. We truly believe that Phase 1 and Peters Village overall will set a ‘gold standard’ for parking on developments of this type, moving debate forward from controversies elsewhere on schemes developed when different standards were applied.