A housebuilder has been given the green light to start work on a new development of 79 homes in Rainham.
Medway Council unanimously approved the plans, submitted by Bellway Kent for the new homes off Lower Rainham Road, at a recent planning committee in February.
The rectangular parcel of land, which spans 8.5 acres, is positioned next to Berengrave Nature Reserve.
The new development will comprise a selection of 59 three and four-bedroom houses for private sale, plus 20 affordable properties – a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments and three and four-bedroom houses – designated as affordable housing for local people. It will also include public open space including an equipped children’s play area.
In agreement with Medway Council, Bellway Kent will provide £762,370 in investment in Rainham and the surrounding area.
These contributions include more than £420,000 towards local nursery, primary and secondary education, more than £159,000 towards open space and outdoor sports, over £39,000 towards Rainham Healthy Living Centre, £15,000 towards sports facilities, £53,000 for ecological and public access provisions at the neighbouring nature reserve, and £10,500 for public transport.
Mark Harrop, Sales Director for Bellway Kent, said: “Now that plans have been approved by Medway Council, we are looking forward to starting construction on site so we can deliver these much-needed new homes for Rainham.
“The development will not only provide new housing for local people and those looking to move to the area, but also see the creation of new public open space and financial investment in local facilities and services to benefit the wider community.
“The wide variety of house sizes and styles will suit a range of buyers who are at different stages of the property ladder. First-time buyers, families, downsizers and upsizers will all be able to find themselves a home here, creating a new neighbourhood within Rainham.”
Bellway has scheduled work to start on the development in May.
For more information, visit bellway.co.uk.