Major plans given green light
by Anna White
One hundred rundown homes will be demolished after councillors
approved the first phase of a £34 million project.
The earmarked blocks of flats in Park Wood will be replaced with
69 new properties.
The plans, submitted by Golding Homes, were given the stamp of
approval at last night's meeting of Maidstone council's planning
The proposal, which received no objections, is the
first step of a three-stage project to rennovate the rundown
By 2016, the social housing provider wants to bulldoze 234
properties to make way for 185 new homes - mainly family
houses – a new shopping area and public facilities.
Chris Blundell, director of development and regeneration, said:
"I think it is going to give people a sense of pride or
"It's their home and we think it is going to give them an
opportunity to really say 'I'm proud to live in a place like
The first batch of homes to be destroyed are in Wallis Avenue,
Longshaw Road and Brishing Lane, including Fairfax House and
Phases two and three, which are yet to be submitted for planning
permission, include another eight blocks of flats.
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