Peters Village developer Trenport has applied for permission to re-model part of the former chalk quarry from which the new 1,000-home community is arising near Wouldham.
Trenport Director Chris Hall explained: “With the sale of the latest development phase on the north west of the Peters Village site, it became clear that further work was needed to the adjoining slopes to ensure this area of former brown field land could be used to full advantage in the delivery of new homes.
“So, we have formally applied to Tonbridge & Malling Council to re-model the affected area, which includes a small paddock, though it has not been used for livestock or agriculture for many years.
“Assuming permission is given, work is expected to start this summer and will also require removal of a mixed hedge, cut back to within two feet of the ground a few weeks ago to avoid the risk from nesting birds using it this year.
“However, we will adhere to the strict practice we adopted across Peters Village from the start: to replace natural amenities lost to the development, whether this be a condition of planning or on a voluntary basis. So, the lost hedgerow will be compensated for by significant additional landscaping and installation of additional bird and bat boxes.
“As the SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) Great Crested Newt conservation and our active relocation of rare and endangered species show, we have a good record on this.”
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