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Homes for England to slash planned homes at Lodge Hill site

Words: Huw Morris

Homes for England is proposing to slash by three-quarters the number of homes to be built on a scheme in the Hoo Peninsula in Medway to avoid affecting a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Lodge Hill is an SSSI known for its nightingales, butterflies, rare snails, badgers and slow-worms.

The government agency said it is now planning to build 500 homes at Lodge Hill rather than the 2,000 originally proposed. Natural England, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the Wildlife Trusts had opposed the development.

Before submitting a planning application, Homes for England said it would develop the masterplan proposals in more detail, to be presented as part of a public consultation. It will also continue to promote the site through Medway Council’s Local Plan.

“We remain committed to creating new homes at Lodge Hill in line with the government’s policy on use of surplus land, and we have always been aware of the sensitivities surrounding the important environmental elements of this development,” said Ken Glendinning, the agency’s head of strategic land.

Homes for England aims to consult on its new proposals next year.

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