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Faversham: Luxury homes plan for the Creek

By Bess Browning

A historic wharf alongside the Creek is the proposed site for 10 luxury four-storey homes.

Plans have been submitted this week for the new development at Abbey Wharf, metres away from Standard Quay.

The yard, which is derelict, is in a flood zone, conservation area and near a number of important listed buildings.

The plans for Abbey Wharf.
The plans for Abbey Wharf.

All the properties will have balconies overlooking the water and towards Upper Brents and Waterside Close.

The application from Nova Kent Limited says: “The borough council aims to provide sufficient land for new housing and there is a real need for new housing in Faversham.

“The new designs will be creekside in character, as well as being creative works themselves.

“The new buildings will have appropriate materials, such as stock-brick and weatherboarding with slate or tiles roofs.”

The site planned for the 10 four-storey homes.
The site planned for the 10 four-storey homes.

There have been continuing battles to save Standard Quay from being redeveloped and to be maintained as a hub for maritime work, but it has slowly made a transformation into a wharf filled with boutiques and wine bars.

A more recent application proposes to turn a Grade II-listed building, once used to work on barges and boats, into a restaurant and museum.

The applicant adds: “The Creek has been important in the development of the town but the character has changed significantly with the decline of the maritime industry.

“Standard Quay is now the only traditional working waterside environment where the historic Thames barges still visit.

“It is, however, now much less busy.

“It is respected that there are differences in opinion about the level of housing and other business and community uses in the area.

“It is, however, felt that the proposed housing in the context of the other restoration work to existing buildings in the immediate area meets the central vision of the Neighbourhood Plan.”

Abbey Wharf.
Abbey Wharf.

Each property will have two car parking spaces, with all bedrooms and bathrooms on the top floor, above a main living area and kitchen on the middle floor.

None of the properties will have disability access but the applicant says ‘stairs and services would be detailed in accordance with regulations to accommodate ambulant disabled as much as possible’.

To view the plans and comment, click here and search for reference: 16/508709/FULL.

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