Judges for the annual First Time Buyer magazine 2020 awards have shortlisted Peters Village in two categories: ‘Best New Development in the South’ and ‘Best Partnership’.
The new 1,000-home community on the River Medway near Wouldham now goes through to the final vote on April 24; a win in both or either section would follow on from Peters Village winning bronze in the What House? Awards 2019.
“We are delighted by this recognition for what we and our partners have achieved at Peters Village,” said Chris Hall, Director for the site’s overall developer, Trenport Investments.
“It underlines the success of the blueprint we created from the start, to deliver a quality development exhibiting good design and on a unique site, and how our housebuilder partners have recognised the benefits of that vision and bought into it.
“The Partnership award is also a nod to these partners – Orbit, Hyde Westerhill, Bellway, Ashberry, Moat and Bovis.
“But there is recognition too for the role played by the Government’s Homes England agency, which gave loan finance for the building of Peters Bridge over the Medway – the key to opening up the site’s now excellent rail and road communications – and Kent Wildlife Trust, which manages the community’s Site of Special Scientific Interest with our funding.
“All of this consortium of interests is also pleased that the spotlight has fallen upon us from First Time Buyer (FTB), which identifies affordable homes and developments attractive to those starting on the housing ladder and advises on general ownership and schemes like Help to Buy and shared ownership.
“Because we think Peters Village has everything the young family looks for: a peaceful rural lifestyle yet well-connected to major centres and facilities such as London – there are high-speed rail links and commuter coach services into the capital – the county town of Maidstone, picturesque Tunbridge Wells, the Medway Towns conurbation, shopping at Bluewater, and the Continent via Eurostar, Dover ferries or the Channel Tunnel.”
Mr Hall said the consortium team also believed that the FTB judges were impressed by the fresh look and layout plus sustainable travel options at Peters Village, which bely its origins as a defunct Victorian cement works.
Downland scarred by the works’ chalk pits – plundered to feed 19th century London’s building boom – has been reborn as a rural yet well-connected village, being imaginatively arranged on re-worked quarry contours.
Nearly 300 apartments and houses are already occupied, and residents can enjoy walkways, bridleways, cycle routes, and an attractive riverside esplanade – a popular meeting place – abundant open space and quality playing fields.
Peters Village already has a state-of-the-art primary school and work starts soon on a handily sited village centre, with supermarket and shops, medical centre and community hall, including changing rooms.
The Peters Village shortlistings, as celebrated in the latest First Time Buyer magazine
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