Plans for new homes and country park in Iwade move forward with land deal

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Homebuilder Bellway has agreed to purchase land for 455 new homes and a country park spanning more than 100 acres in Kent.

The company’s Kent division intends to build a mix of houses and apartments on land to the east of Iwade village to meet the local need for housing.

Bellway’s proposals will have a significant focus on biodiversity and sustainability through the planned country park, which will wrap around the eastern side of the development and help deliver a 20 per cent biodiversity net gain in wildlife habitats. A community centre is also due to be provided.

Bellway Kent Managing Director Chris Moore said: “The Iwade project is very important for Bellway both in its scale and in its focus on community, biodiversity, and sustainability.

“To develop a major site such as this and devote two thirds of it to parkland is highly significant. It will create an incredible resource for the local community and make the development highly attractive to buyers.

“And importantly, it will be a place where biodiversity can thrive alongside the homes we build.”

A hybrid planning application for the development was approved in 2022 and Bellway is due to submit detailed plans for the new homes to Swale Borough Council in June this year.

The land sale is expected to complete in August, with Bellway aiming to start work on site in mid-2025.

There will be a total of 30 affordable homes across the scheme.

The site is less than a mile from Kemsley railway station, and four miles from Sittingbourne railway station, which has services into London St Pancras that take less than an hour. It is four miles from junction 5 of the M2 and there are regular bus services to local towns.

Chris Moore said: “This is a highly sustainable location for new housing, with excellent transport links putting a range of urban centres including London within easy reach.

“It’s straightforward for residents to get to the shops, services, and entertainments of the area, while commuters who want to leave the city behind and come home to peaceful village life after the working day can do that easily.”

To find out more about Bellway developments in the area, visit https://www.bellway.co.uk/new-homes/kent.

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