New planning proposals for a residential development on Royal Engineers Road took a definitive step forward after a planning application was approved by Maidstone Council’s Planning Committee on Thursday 2 February 2017.
The proposals will finally see development come forward on a long vacant site situated adjacent to Springfield Roundabout. This site was acquired by U+I who identified the potential of this former paper mill site overlooking the river Medway for a residential community.
The plans submitted by U+I, the mixed-use property regeneration developer, will see this brownfield land rejuvenated with 310 new homes, public realm and landscaping improvements. Designed by award winning architects Guy Hollaway, the scheme includes a range of buildings from 8-18 storeys, marking the gateway to Maidstone town centre.
The plans include 220 units which could be delivered as 'Build to Rent' or speculative homes for sale. Build to Rent will bring another dimension to the local housing market, with the properties dedicated to private renters and their needs, encouraging long-term tenancies which help to create a sustainable community.
The approved development will integrate well-considered amenity spaces and include;
- An outdoor area - publicly accessible ground level terraces and roof top allotments for residents
- Club lounge – which could include work spaces and social areas reserved especially for tenants
- On site management team – who will be on hand to handle all tenant queries
U+I is also considering the site for speculative housing for sale given the intensity of demand for well-designed homes in good quality towns like Maidstone. It is envisaged the development will be completed in the next 2-3 years. An extensive consultation exercise with the local community was carried out in the summer of 2016.
Richard Upton, Deputy Chief Executive of U+I said:
"We are delighted that Maidstone Council shares our enthusiasm for these proposals which will deliver a well-designed scheme on a prominent gateway site. Maidstone is famous for its paper mills and thread twisting and is an exceptional and relatively affordable place to live. U+I has woven the history of this County town into the architecture and landscape throughout the proposal. The project team has worked hard over the past year to develop a creative and compelling vision for Royal Engineers Road."
"The plans will bring forward a high quality residential-led scheme, which with the inclusion of a Build to Rent element, providing local residents with greater choice. We take great pride in delivering places that meet the real needs of the local community and look forward to further developing our a track record of successful development projects in Kent.”
Notes to editors
1. Public consultation events took place in July 2016
2. U+I acquired the site in 2015
3. For more information please contact Elizabeth Carey on 0203 176 4161 or Lucy Grimble at U+I on 0207 8029935