People living in the first 100 homes occupied at Peters Village say they would not hesitate to urge family and friends to move there too – most have already done so.
Indeed, “100%” was the popular response to that question within an overall survey, which revealed an overwhelmingly positive view from those already living in the proposed 1,000-home community beside the River Medway at Wouldham.
Many looked at rival developments nearby before buying, but liked the Peters Village ‘mission’: to create a community with its own quality facilities rather than just another housing estate or development.
The opening of a ‘household name’ supermarket early next year, plus three further shops onsite with dental surgery above, and the addition of a medical centre, village hall – with nursery school and indoor sports facilities, plus changing rooms to serve the neighbouring playing fields – are all eagerly awaited. Most of these facilities will be available early next year, ahead of schedule.
Another major draw was the mix of rural and riverside lifestyle with easy communications by rail, motorway (M20, M20, M26 and M25) and key roads, connecting Peters Village to London and major centres like Maidstone, the Medway Towns, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells, and the Bluewater shopping centre, with all the attendant leisure, education and employment benefits.
Many appreciated the ‘flagship’ status of the riverside walk, and the all-new multi-million-pound landmark bridge. They were also attracted by the walking and cycling options, plus being associated with the rare flora and fauna of the neighbouring Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and surrounding area.
The new bridge and riverside walk were major attractions for the first 100 residents at Peters Village
Speaking for Peters Village developer Trenport, Director Chris Hall said: “We are delighted that the vision we had for Peters Village has been realised; we did want it to be a village, but one with modernity in facilities and style, premium architecture, and with a rural lifestyle balanced by excellent communications links.
“Not surprisingly, the survey did show a few issues, such as new trees needing re-planting, and noisy construction traffic – though people recognise this will soon move away from their part of the development.
“The all-new location means that Peters Village doesn’t yet show up easily on sat nav for visitors and deliveries, but the first home occupation was December 2016 and we are only one-tenth of the way towards completing the 1,000-home target by the early 2020s.”
The two pioneering house builders at Peters Village, Bellway and Orbit, were also pleased with the positive survey results and Orbit’s regional MD Andrew McDermott said: “I think it’s a tribute to the quality and style values that Trenport laid down for Peters Village, as well as the prime location and that wonderful riverside promenade, which so many Orbit customers can look out on and easily access from their homes.
“Though we were the second builder onsite, we would also claim credit towards that first 100 occupations through not only our private sales, but also the shared ownership and rental options in our portfolio, which contribute strongly to the community feel already present at Peters Village.”
These upmarket apartments are just one of many Orbit property designs available at Peters Village
WHAT SOME RESIDENTS SAID:
“I feel privileged. The house is lovely and so are my neighbours. Currently, if you haven’t got a car and are on a budget, it can feel isolated, but we do know that facilities are coming. I’m looking forward to the shops, nursery school and any clubs for kids that arise from that.” NB – this interview was conducted before the Arriva bus service (155) was connected to Peters Village on September 3. Kelly Cushman – Greystone Square
“We knew this development was happening and we liked the idea of a new home, but in a village type location. We looked at the developments at Halling and Cuxton, but we liked it here; we love the river and there are some amazing walks.” Leanne Finlayson - Greystone Square
“We had driven through and liked this area and being close to the SSSI helped our decision. We have a young family and like walking. It’s perfect for cycling and a healthy lifestyle generally. We are also looking forward to the village hall and playing fields opening. Again it’s about a healthy lifestyle.” Marek Campbell – Greystone Square
“We love the whole feel of the place; it is small enough to feel like a village. We wanted a new build and looked in Maidstone – they were small for the price – and Kent in general, plus Croydon. Our (Chatham) flat was near the water so the river was a factor in deciding. We are keen to have the shops open, plus the doctors’ surgery. We have been recommending PV to friends and relatives, but nobody has joined us here yet.” Kayleigh Palmer – Farleigh Gardens
“I’m looking forward to the doctors’ and the shops opening. I also wonder whether someone should consider a coffee shop on the waterfront. Everyone who comes to visit loves the house and where we are, and I have recommended it to loads of people. I hope my mum and dad will move here, but mum says they won’t even think about it until there is a bit more development and the shops and so on are in place.” Julie Thurgood – Heron Place
“We bought off plan. It was a leap of faith really, but we liked the location, the scenery and the SSSI. We also like the idea of growing with the place, and are looking forward to the shops opening and, with two teenagers, the community centre. It seems like a safe and convenient area to live and it’s good to know that a doctor and dentist will be on hand." Dave Miller – Heron Place
(Eagerly awaiting opening of the shops and hopes that a Post Office and a coffee shop will be part of this complex) “But please not another Costa or another everyday chain! I hope the opportunity goes instead to an enterprising local person.” Anon – Heron Place
“We have the best of both worlds with the river and scenery, while also being well-placed for the motorways. My husband currently commutes to London by coach from Bluebell Hill, but he’s heard through the grapevine that we should have a coach service here soon. It will also be nice when the shops arrive. M&S over the bridge is doing a roaring trade, but it’s far too expensive!” Anon – Barge Walk
Those who have access to the great outdoors are said to have better mental health, so it is little wonder that homes with luscious gardens and surrounding green open spaces are in high demand.
According to new research by the University of Oxford, natural neighbourhoods, with plenty of fauna and flora, improves stress levels of local residents.
For house hunters seeking their own green haven in Kent, Ashberry Homes’ new development, Victoria Gardens in Wouldham, part of Peters Village, enjoys stunning greenscapes, in a village setting.
The development will consist of one and two-bedroom apartments and two, three, four and five-bedroom houses, where residents will also enjoy idyllic countryside vistas and views out to Peters Pit Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), managed by Natural England and the Kent Wildlife Trust.
Prospective buyers can visit the development and explore the surrounding area now, with the first phase of 20 homes being released for sale, including two-bedroom coach houses and three and four-bedroom houses.
The developer will later add a total of 87 of its distinct homes to the consortium village that currently has 625 plots planned. Future phases will take the overall number of homes at Peters Village to over 1,000.
The Victoria Gardens development, built on the banks of the River Medway, sits on the former industrial site previously known as Peters Pit and Peters Lime & Cement Works. Ashberry will also create a Local Area of Play (LAP) at the centre of the site, available for use by all residents.
Emma Hamlett, Sales Director at Ashberry Homes, comments: “Our homes have been designed to make the most of the open countryside and outdoor space available. It is rare to be so close to a Site of Specific Interest too, so prospective homeowners with a love for the outdoors and wildlife will be particularly happy here.
“Victoria Gardens is a tranquil spot, also idea for commuters, who will enjoy coming home after a day in the bustling capital. We look forward to welcoming interested purchasers to our site to see for themselves our stylish new homes on offer.”
The houses will be complemented with black and white weatherboarding and inside will include open plan living spaces, modern kitchens and bathrooms and a selection of fitted wardrobe types to the master bedrooms. All homes come with car parking and a private rear garden.
Peters Pit SSSI and the local area has much rare flora and fauna, including the Marsh Mallow Moth - one of only two sites in the UK where it can be found - Great Crested Newt, Adonis Blue butterfly and various orchids.
The properties are well located to benefit from local amenities including a supermarket and other shops planned at Peters Village, as well as existing facilities in nearby Wouldham village. Peters Village will also include a community centre, medical centre, and office space.
A larger selection of high street stores and supermarkets are a short drive away in nearby Aylesford and Rochester while the popular Bluewater Shopping Centre in Greenhithe is 25 minutes away by car. There are two golf courses nearby, while the Buckmore Park International Outdoor Kart Circuit is a 10-minute drive away.
For families, there are several well-regarded local schools including primary schools at Burham, Eccles and Halling, plus Aylesford School Sports College. A new primary school also opened in Peters Village itself early this year.
Ideal for commuters, Peters Village is only 19 minutes by train from high-speed services into London via Ebbsfleet International Station. Eurostar high-speed rail services into Europe can also be accessed here. Several major roads are easily accessible too: the A228 connects with the development via Peters Bridge, an all-new crossing linking the new community on the Medway’s east bank with those on the west. Other important routes include the M2 and the M20 motorways, feeding into the M25 or to Europe via Dover ferries or the Channel Tunnel near Folkestone.
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