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Magazine readers vote for ‘Highly Commended’ award to Peters Village

Peters Village has received a prestigious accolade at the annual First Time Buyer (FTB) readers’ awards.

The 1,000-home community beside the River Medway, near Wouldham, was ‘Highly Commended’ in the Best New Development in the South category, which recognises sites offering “an exceptional range of new homes that stand out from the crowd whilst remaining accessible for first time buyers.”

Richard Hall, CEO of Peters Village developer Trenport (pictured here with the trophy) said afterwards: “We are delighted with this honour in one of the toughest FTB awards categories, especially as votes come from the magazine’s readers in print and online – all prospective buyers.

“The award underlines why we have had such a high rate of sale for homes at Peters Village and no shortage of house builder partners keen to develop here – we have just one development parcel left now.

“And Peters Village has a lot to attract first time buyers; through our partnership with the Government’s Homes England department, housebuilders onsite have been able to offer a range of affordable options, enabling people to get onto the housing ladder in a rural location with great facilities.

“We’ve already built the elegant all-new Peters Bridge – the first private crossing of the Medway since the 1800s – to enhance communication links into London and the surrounding area and completed a state-of-the-art school.

“And the FTB award gave us a double cause to celebrate, as Trenport has also just signed a deal to bring the Co-op supermarket chain (http://bit.ly/3lptSo5) to Peters Village as part of a village centre complex that we will start building early in 2021, after a delay largely caused by the Covid-19 outbreak.

“Apart from these facilities, I’m sure voters were also influenced by the location’s landmark riverside promenade (pictured below) the rare flora and fauna of its Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) plus country walks and cycleways.

“Apart from being Highly Commended in ‘Best in South’ we were also honoured that Peters Village was shortlisted for another FTB award, Best Partnership – a new award celebrating “a collaboration of two or more companies that have worked together to deliver both quality and affordable homes for first time buyers.”

In the case of Peters Village, Trenport has been joined by some of the UK’s best-known house builders, including Orbit, Hyde Westerhill, Bellway, Ashberry, Moat and Bovis.

But the partnership also features: Homes England, which gave loan assistance for Peters Bridge; and Kent Wildlife Trust, which manages the community’s SSSI through Trenport funding.

Peters Village was originally shortlisted for both its category awards back in February, with excitement then due to build towards a lavish awards ceremony on April 24 at The Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, London.

However, as Trenport’s Mr Hall observed: “Covid-19 put paid to that, but we were impressed with how FTB re-grouped and then re-scheduled the awards as a virtual ceremony – complete with celebratory hampers delivered to the homes and offices of those ‘attending’.”

TV duo Jonnie Irwin (the face of A Place in the Sun and Escape to the Country) and Nicki Chapman (best known for Escape to the Country and pictured below) reunited to present the 11th FTB awards.

The magazine’s Editor Lynda Clark added her thoughts:“It has been a tough year for first time buyers, but with every challenge brings an opportunity to make a real difference.

“The 2020 First Time Buyer Readers’ Awards are all about championing ways to make homeownership achievable and celebrating the companies that are going over and above the call of duty.”

*The new award follows an earlier accolade for Peters Village: the site took Bronze in the Best Public Realm category at the What House? Awards 2019