Learn about our plans for an exciting new community in Chatham
We are working alongside the current landowner on a reserved matters planning application for the first phase of homes at East Hill, Chatham.
The development site has outline planning permission for up to 800 homes (including affordable homes), a primary school,
retail space, a community or nursery facility, a new link road between North Dane Way and Pear Tree Lane, off site junction
improvements and open spaces and landscaping.
In line with the approved outline planning permission, the development will be delivered over four phases. We are currently preparing a reserved matters application for the first phase which will comprise up to 100 new homes, areas of open space and a new access road and roundabout off North Dane Way.
We held a public exhibition on Thursday 15th December 2022 at Lordswood Sports & Social Club. A copy of the exhibition boards displayed at the event can be downloaded here. You can also find out more about our proposals on this web page.
If you have any questions about our plans you can email [email protected].
Our plans for the first phase of the development also include areas of open space and a new access road and roundabout off North Dane Way.
To create a characterful community, the proposed development will have distinct areas with a variety of house type designs and materials used. The following character areas are proposed.
- Woodland Edge
- Green Street
Six key character areas have been identified across the wider site, which were set out as part of the outline planning application:
Sloped landscape, with a select cluster of detached homes in a prime leisure location, and semi-detached houses running along the contours to act as a backdrop.
The landscape remains dominant here, however significant buildings will define key arrival points. Buildings here will be more focal.
Leisure routes run the entire length of the site on the eastern boundary. This area will be characterised by more contemporary housing.
A contemporary urban location with long views of terraces of townhouses and desirable flats within parkland and contemporary suburban spaces.
A mixture of three storey contemporary townhouses and apartments centred around urban squares, shops and services.
Whites Wood (Phase 1):
Accessed from a new roundabout to the south of North Dane Way, an important edge to the main road and views over the parkland to the north.
The proposed appearance of the homes have a modern design, with carefully selected materials to create a more rural feel. Details include gable fronted units, floor to ceiling windows and 2.5 storey homes in key locations to assist with variety and interest in the street scene. Materials proposed include black weatherboarding and brown roof tiles.
The proposed mix of homes is approximately:
• 10% x 2 bed houses, 50% x 3 bed houses, 30% x 4 bed houses and 10% x 5 bed houses.
25% of the proposed new homes will be allocated as affordable housing, in accordance with the outline planning permission and the requirements of Medway Council.
The layout has been carefully designed with the existing topography of the site.
The main access road to this phase has been designed as a gateway into the scheme. This then splits into two smaller access roads, which separates the higher and lower parts of the site. These are split by a central hedgerow and tree belt which is currently present on site. These upper and lower levels are connected by a focal green space which allows for pedestrian and cycle connections between the two.
Homes to the western boundary comprise smaller semi-detached and terraced dwellings where the topography of the site is less steep. The larger detached properties are mainly confined to the steeper, eastern parts of the site.
Development Map Category features
In line with the approved outline planning permission, a new link road between North Dane Way and Pear Tree Lane will be delivered to provide access to the remaining phases of development. However, the delivery of the homes proposed for the first phase of development is served by its own new access.
Environment and Ecology
Our approach features
Previous planning applications
The outline consent is for up to 800 new homes (including affordable homes), a primary school, retail space, a community or nursery facility, a new link road between North Dane Way and Pear Tree Lane, off site junction improvements and open spaces and landscaping.
Previous consultations and feedback
History of the site features
Amenities and facilities
Our proposals for the first phase of development at East Hill include a range of homes to meet housing needs, including 25% affordable housing, significant areas of open space, a play area as well as a new access off North Dane Way.
Community benefits features
- February 2022 - Approval of outline planning application by Planning Inspectorate
- 15th December 2022 - Public consultation event for first phase of development at Lordswood Sports & Social Club
- January 2023 - Reserved matters application for phase one submitted to Medway Council