Housebuilding starts soon for £50m Peters Village and new Medway Crossing
Source: Steve Loader
A start date on the first housing at Trenport's all-new Peters Village development is expected soon. The £50 million project near Wouldham village incorporates a new Medway Valley Crossing.
The investment includes £19.5 million from the Government's Local Infrastructure Fund administered by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and the overall scheme contains significant investmen in Kent's infrastructure, including a new stretch of road, a road bridge and a rail bridge over the River Medway to link the A228 on the west bank to the new Peters Village community on the east bank.
It will also provide up to 1,000 new homes at Peters Village - at least a quarter being affordable homes. The extensive highway improvements will significantly improve access to both sides of the River Medway, bringing both local communities access to wider benefits such as employment opportunities, schools, shopping, recreation and housing.
Trenport (Peters Village) Ltd will oversee the development and delivery of the whole project, which is due for completion around 2022, with BAM Nuttall as the project's main contractor.
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. After it fell into disuse, Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council's Local Plan identified the works as a brownfield site ideal for residential development. Trenport's proposals for the new village and bridge were approved in 2006, only to be postponed by the dramatic economic downturn.
Trenport Director Chris Hall said: "We are delighted to be able to move forward with this ambitious and imaginative project, which will transform a once industrialised, yet important part of the Medway Valley. We have been sensitive and responsible custodians of the land in the meantime, but the moment is now right for the area to fulfill its promise."
Heather Stoner, Area Manager for the HCA in Tonbridge and Malling said: "The Government funding is the cash injection this project needs. It's an important development which will not only provide the necessary infrastructure, but also homes and access to more opportunities through a better crossing over the river Medway. We look forward to seeing progress."