THE DESIGN APPROACH
The design of the scheme has been carefully considered and responds to both the site’s landscape setting and the character of the surrounding architecture.
A character study has been undertaken of the neighbouring area in order to inform the design of the future homes. The new development will also seamlessly blend with Hermitage Park. This will be reflected in the use of materials and design of the new homes.
The design concept for the site has been shaped by picking out key landscape features and providing a positive addition to the attractive arrival route from Hermitage Lane along Chapelfield Way.
TRANSPORT AND ACCESS
As shown above, the main access to the site will be via Chapelfield Way, an existing access which currently serves the residential development to the south.
A new secondary access is proposed in the north-west corner of the site. This has been included alongside a green corridor and existing tree line which will provide direct access to the community facilities in Hermitage Park and act to minimise traffic congestion.
Both access points have been agreed in principle by Kent County Council.
The proposals also include investment in the junctions to the north and south of the site, as part of Kent County Council’s strategic junction improvement scheme. The proposals would therefore support wider efforts to improve the local transport network, benefiting both existing and future users. These junction improvements will result in an overall improvement to local traffic levels.
The new homes will comprise a mix of 1 and 2-bedroom apartments, and 2-5 bedroom homes. These will not exceed 3 storeys in height.
40% of all units will be affordable which will range from 1-bed affordable apartments and 2-4 bedroom affordable homes.
A diverse housing mix will meet a range of housing needs in the district. Indicative percentages are provided below:
Wheelchair compatible units will also be provided in line with council policy.