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Twin extensions proposed for Peters Village community – adding extra homes

Peters Village developer Trenport wants to consult existing nearby residents on a plan to add up to 110 more homes to the fledgling community near Wouldham and Burham.

The original scheme envisaged 1,000 new homes, transforming brown field acres once occupied by a former cement works and chalk quarry, but it omitted further viable development land extensions – one to the north and one to the south.

With the roads and services infrastructure for Peters Village in place, a new school and playing fields completed, plus the new village hall and shops due next year, Trenport will now apply to Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council (TMBC) for permission to bring those extensions into the scheme.

Trenport spokesman and Director Chris Hall said: “Peters Village was designed to be a community with homes to suit all pockets and circumstances and the extensions will include additional affordable housing stock.

“The southern extension can also improve access to and amenity use of the River Medway, echoing the highly acclaimed riverside walk already created at Peters Village.”

Mr Hall added that the planning application to TMBC will include detailed assessment of the proposal’s effect on traffic, ecology, archaeology and flood risk:

“We are particularly aware that residents may fear more housing could cause local traffic issues. So, we will not only provide current traffic surveys, but also consider what is likely to be generated when Peters Village is fully developed.”

Trenport has leafleted the affected area (see the copy below - a large print version is available from: planners@vincent-gorbing.co.uk) and is seeking comments by email to: 

planners@vincent-gorbing.co.uk (please use the subject line ‘Peters Village Extensions’ and submit comments by 3rd December 2018).

Once Trenport’s application is submitted, TMBC is expected to conduct its own community consultation.

The proposed northern extension site is a field between Knowle Road and the bulk of the former quarry that is now isolated and unsuitable for farming. No vehicular or pedestrian access will be permitted from Knowle Road itself. 

The site is currently screened by trees along the boundary with Knowle Road, which would remain to screen the 25 new homes proposed. Some chalk will be excavated to lower the site to blend with the neighbouring level of Peters Village, allowing surplus to then be transported to revise levels at the southern extension, formerly occupied by West Kent Portland Cement Works.

The new height will ensure that the proposed 85 houses and flats here are protected from river flooding, and allow a public footpath and possible cyclepath to be laid to connect with the promenade at Peters Village, thereby completing the Medway Valley Walk on this stretch of the river.

Part of the southern site will be retained as green space, and to improve the now famous Peters Village habitat for the endangered Great Crested Newt species.

Clarkes boosts Peters Village commuter appeal with launch of new coach services

Peters Village has a new commuter link into London, following the launch of coach services by Clarkes of London.

The 764a and 764b service picks up from the bus stops at Keepers Cottage Lane (05:55 and 06:32) and Village Road (05:57 and 06:34).  

Commuters can benefit from several offers to switch their current commuting by rail or car, including ‘try before you buy’, 10% off a first ticket purchase, and a trade-in deal against an existing rail season ticket.

Clarkes claims that rail commuters can save more than £1,000 a year by changing, while also benefitting from free on-board wi-fi and entertainment, a guaranteed (and reclining) seat, and a mobile phone tracker for coaches operating the service.

Founded in 1958, Clarkes operates more than 50 coaches on commuter routes, plus private and VIP hire, and is part of The Kings Ferry group within National Express.

Clarkes of London Commuter Manager Sarah Hackett said: “We are excited to be introducing our commuter service to Peters Village and welcoming some new commuters on-board.

“We offer a cost-effective alternative to rail and, with two pick-up points within the village and key drop offs in Canary Wharf, the City and Westminster, we are also a more convenient service. I welcome Peters Village residents to try our services free of charge for five days to discover exactly why we are Kent’s most popular commuter coach provider.”

The move was welcomed in turn by Peters Village developer Trenport. Director Chris Hall said: “This is an excellent addition to the appealing package being offered to people re-locating to Peters Village. Clarkes of London is a high-quality operator and now offers a third commuting option to the city, and enhances the community’s enviable transport links for jobs, education, leisure and socialising.” 

Clarkes of London's promotional leaflet is featured below, but for more details and times on the Peters Village 'Medway Service' please go to www.clarkescommute.co.uk or call 020 8778 6697.