At the heart of Peters Village
  • 06 05 2016

At the heart of Peters Village

Source: Steve Loader

Housebuilding at Peters Village began at the start of the year, and the next step will be putting the heart into this new 1,000-home community on the River Medway’s east bank near Wouldham.

This will be the ‘local centre’, a focal point comprising an attractive village hall/community centre (pictured), four shops – including one designed as a small supermarket – and a medical centre.

Peters Village developer Trenport expects this key element to be carried out in stages, but hopes to start next year. 

Trenport Director Chris Hall said: “Right from the start we decided that Peters Village should not simply be another ‘housing estate’, but a community where the new residents could find most of what they needed right on their doorstep, rather than a few token facilities.

“Of course, we aimed for it to be well-connected too – that’s why the new Medway bridge was vital to accessing the west bank of the river and London – but good local amenities are what any mature community has, and we wanted our young community to have the same benefits from the start.”

Plans for the local centre have been developed by Trenport in close collaboration with planners and ward councillors at Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council.

Chris Hall said both sides wanted a local or village centre for the development that was attractive yet practical and a genuine asset to the new community:

 “We have set the bar high with the whole development, so the centre had to be one of quality in design, but with all the convenience and functionality required. There are, for instance, 40 parking spaces in front of the shops.”

The retail element of the centre comprises three 87 sq-metre units, plus a 430 sq-metre supermarket, a size that pitches it somewhere between a Tesco Express-size convenience store and the supermarket giant’s typical Metro store. 

Close to the shops will be the large village hall/community centre with 43 parking spaces and scope to accommodate team minibuses, complete with two sets of changing rooms for the nearby playing fields, toilets, hall office and kitchen. Also nearby, is the new medical centre and an optional site for a police post.

Chris Hall added: “We believe this is a first class development within the overall scheme and a further magnet to housing developers and their customers, adding to the dramatic transformation and improvement of a derelict eyesore, a brown field site that once housed the former Peters Lime and Cement Works.”