Our proposals comprise 200 new homes, along with areas of open space and an equipped children’s play area.
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.
Our proposed masterplan for Street Farm (click to enlarge)
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.
Our landscape strategy for land at Street Farm (click to enlarge)
Our landscape proposals for land at Street Farm (click to enlarge)
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.
The above illustrations show how the homes at Street Farm could look (click to enlarge)