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Proctor and Matthews bags planning for Kent college redevelopment

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Proctor and Matthews has won planning consent for a housing and mixed-used development in Horsted, Kent

Formerly the home of Mid Kent College, the site’s redevelopment is expected to provide up to 336 dwellings alongside community and retail facilities, with a proportion of homes to be designated as extra care affordable housing for the elderly.

The scheme is backed by Countryside Properties.

Outline planning has been granted for the project as a whole while detailed consent has been granted for a first phase comprising 153 homes.

Stephen Proctor, director at Proctor and Matthews said: ‘We are delighted that our design has been granted planning consent and it is a privilege to be working with Countryside Properties again, The scheme explores a new direction for the creation of low rise, medium density residential neighbourhoods, focused on the formation of housing clusters within a spatial framework of shared surface lanes, courtyards and landscape “glades”.’

Houses will be a mix of two, three and four bedroom family homes. These will be two and three storey courtyard houses, each offering a lively street presence and different forms to add visual interest.

Alongside the houses, two apartment blocks form pivotal landmark buildings within the development and further variety to the street scene. The first will contain a range of one and two bedroom apartments while the second block will provide 40 extra care units for elderly people, together with community and retail facilities.

Proctor and Matthews’ design seeks to achieve variation, intimacy and animated spaces, reinforcing a sense of security and community. The plans contain 2.6 hectares of green space, representing approximately 30 per cent of the total site area.

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