Optivo, Chartway to build 210 family homes in UK

WCN Editorial Team 31 Aug 2018 EUROPE BUILDINGS

UK-based housing association Optivo and developer Chartway Group will construct 210 family homes under a £52.8m housing scheme at Forstal Lane in Coxheath, Maidstone.

The new homes, to be built on a 19-acre site, will include a mix of affordable rent, shared ownership and outright market sale.

After securing outline planning permission from Maidstone Borough Council for the scheme in February 2018, Optivo and Chartway have worked with Coxheath Parish Council to prepare a reserved-matters planning application.

This covers several things such as design and scale. The application is expected to be submitted later in 2018.

Optivo project manager David Jeffrey said: “We’re looking forward to delivering a high quality, sustainable scheme which will bring much-need housing to the area.

“Our plans have been carefully considered and will reflect and preserve the rural ambience of the area. We are keen to tackle the housing crisis and create a place which people will be proud to call home.”

The scheme will include landscaping and a 1.85-hectare open space featuring a play area, ornamental orchard and a protected badger sett.

Construction is expected to begin in March 2019 and be completed in phases until April 2023.

Chartway Group projects director Tim McLoughlin said: “We are proud to be delivering this prestigious scheme in partnership with our partner Optivo.

“The development will deliver a connected green infrastructure that caters for a range of uses and is easily accessible on foot or by bike, promoting healthy, happy living.

“Designed to encourage social interaction, the scheme will benefit both new and existing residents of Coxheath, creating a sense of community pride and ownership.”

Previously, Optivo was chosen as one of 29 developers on the new London Development Panel, known as LDP2.

The Mayor of London is working with public land owners to identify surplus sites and bring them forward for development to boost the supply of housing in London, and the EU-compliant panel will support the process.


Image: Optivo, Chartway to construct 210 family homes at Forstal Lane in Coxheath, Maidstone, UK. Photo: courtesy of Optivo.

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