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Street Farm, Stoke Road, Hoo

Street Farm - Stoke Road - Hoo - Kent

Taylor Wimpey is currently preparing a reserved matters planning application for 200 new homes on land at Street Farm, Stoke Road, Hoo.

  • Overview

    Overview

    We are currently preparing a reserved matters application for 200 new homes on land at Street Farm, Stoke Road, Hoo. The site (within the red line on the image to the right) is located next to Taylor Wimpey’s 120-home Church View development (within the blue line on the image to the right), which is currently under construction.

     

    The principal of developing the land was established in August 2018, when Medway Council granted outline planning permission for the site.  Our application will deal with the development’s layout, access, scale, appearance and landscaping.

    We have asked the local community for feedback on our proposals and are now finalising our plans before we submit our planning application to Medway Council.

     

  • About the site

    About The Site

    The land lies to the south of Stoke Road, to the immediate east of our existing development site, Church View. To the north the site wraps around Street Farm Cottage and fronts onto Stoke Road either side of this. To the south, the site is bound by a Southern Water attenuation basin and Abbey Court Cottages. Saxon Shore Way, a long-distance footpath and restricted byway, runs within the eastern boundary, with countryside beyond.

     

    A public footpath runs along the shared boundary between Church View and the site.

    The 2.85-hectare site was previously used for pasture/agricultural purposes and is mostly comprised of grass fields, with hedgerows and trees bordering the site.


  • What's proposed

    What's Proposed

    Our proposals comprise 200 new homes, along with areas of open space and an equipped children’s play area.  

    Housing Mix

    The proposed housing mix is as follows:

    • 16 x 1 bedroom apartments
    • 12 x 2 bedroom apartments
    • 17 x 2 bedroom houses
    • 86 x 3 bedroom houses
    • 69 x 4 bedroom houses

    This mix has been agreed with Medway Council and reflects the housing needs of the area.

     

    The layout incorporates a mix of semi-detached and detached houses, along with two apartment blocks. Most houses are two storeys in height, with occasional 2.5-storey homes in key locations. The apartment blocks are also 2.5 storeys in height.

    The development layout follows the same principles as our layout for the Church View site, where the northern extent of the development is of a slightly higher density of homes. The homes in this area of the development would face onto more formal streets and a central area of open space, responding to the existing character of Hoo village centre.  

    Moving south through the development, towards the proposed open space, the layout becomes looser, with larger homes fronting both secondary streets and private drives, and the open space/countryside, taking advantage of views across the wider landscape.

    Informal tree and front garden planting, along with green “pockets” are incorporated into the development areas, to provide attractive streets.

     

    A network of footpaths and cycle paths are proposed through the development. This will ensure that the development is well connected to Hoo, Church View, and the existing public footpath and proposed open spaces.

     

    Masterplan Street Farm

     

    Our proposed masterplan for Street Farm (click to enlarge)

     

     

    Parking

     

    A total of 372 parking spaces will be provided in the form of driveway and on-street parking. Parking courts serve the apartments. All houses have two parking spaces, with apartments having either one or two spaces.  

     

    In addition, 136 garages are proposed, along with 136 visitor parking spaces.

     

     

    Landscape and Open Space

     

    A central area of open space is proposed, and includes an equipped children’s play area.

     

    A significant area of the site will become open space. The southern portion of the development will provide a larger recreation area, with a circular walk for both new and existing residents to enjoy. This will provide an extension to the substantial area of open space at Church View, and the existing public footpath network to the east and south of the site.

     

    The proposals include woodland planting along the boundary of the site and within the open space itself, as well as native hedgerow and grassland which provide ecological benefits.

     

    Landscape footpaths will provide green links through the main development site, connecting with pockets of landscape planting and a central play space.

     

    Landscape and open space image 1

     

    Our landscape strategy for land at Street Farm (click to enlarge)

     

     

    Landscape and open space image 2   Landscape and open space image 3

     

    Our landscape proposals for land at Street Farm (click to enlarge)

     

     

    Proposed Materials/Appearance

     

    The following mix of materials are proposed for our homes:

    • Buff and red brick
    • Slate, red and brown coloured roof tiles
    • Grey weatherboarding
    • Grey and white windows

    Variation in the street scene will also be created via use of different porches, roof forms and the use of chimneys on some of the homes.

    The simple range of materials will ensure a consistent character throughout the development, whilst also providing the opportunity to create an element of individual character within each area, and reinforce the legibility of different streets and spaces.

    The street scene illustrates how the combination of the materials above, and the use of ragstone wall at the entrance of site, would look.

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    The above illustrations show how the homes at Street Farm could look (click to enlarge)

     

  • Community

    Community Benefits

    In addition to the provision of much-needed new homes and public open space on site, Taylor Wimpey will also be making the following Section 106 financial contributions to Medway Council:

     

    • £44,176 to create habitats for migrating birds
    • £183,040 to be spent on the provision of nursery facilities at The Hundred of Hoo Academy and/or Hoo St Werburgh Primary School
    • £449,280 primary education contribution towards the expansion of The Hundred of Hoo Academy
    • £246,034 secondary education contribution to be spent on Hundred of Hoo Academy and/or towards the provision of a new school in the area
    • £93,590 for local GP services and improvements/repairs to Hoo St Werburgh Surgery
    • £1,239,351 to be spent on the provision of a new village community centre in Hoo and a new sports complex in the village
    • £31,088 to be spent on the provision of waste and recycling services
    • £118,110 for improvements at the A228 Peninsular Way (Junction Main Road, Hoo)
    • £24,990 heritage contribution to be spent on procuring, installing and maintaining existing, or providing new, heritage assets
    • £7,934 to be spent on resurfacing of existing public footpaths

  • Updates

    News and Updates

    March 2019

    Intention to submit reserved matters planning application to Medway Council.

    August 2018

    Medway Council grants outline planning permission for the development of the site.