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Places for People and Countryside sign first development agreement

Words: Laura Edgar

Regeneration firm Places for People and developer Countryside Properties have signed a development agreement as part of their national framework accord to speed up the delivery of up to 10,000 mixed-tenure homes over the next decade.

This is the first development agreement signed under the framework.

The scheme involved is for Lower Herne Village in Kent, which will comprise 800 homes – 240 of which have been designated as affordable rental and shared ownership units.

Also included in the £230 million scheme are community facilities, new parkland and allotments. It will be delivered on the site of the former Strode Farm.

A masterplan and design codes have been submitted to Canterbury City Council. If approved, it is expected that the first homes will be released in 2023.

Andrew Usher, managing director, partnerships South London, Countryside, said the agreement is “a crucial step in our regional expansion and growth strategy and proof we can deliver high-quality and sustainable mixed-tenure communities across the country”.

David Cowans, group chief executive at Places for People, added: “The signing of the development agreement for Lower Herne Village means we can continue with our plans of delivering quality homes which provide choice and meet people’s needs. Working alongside partners such as Countryside allows us to combine expertise and supports our strategic aim of creating well-designed, sustainable mixed-tenure communities.”

Lower Herne Village facilitates the delivery of the Herne Relief Road.

Kingsgate Property Consultants acted as advisers to landowner Lower Herne Developments.

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