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Developers have slashed the number of homes planned for Kings Hill by more than a third.
Liberty Property Trust planned to extend the estate, which would have brought the total number of properties up to 3,600.
But after a lengthy public consultation which started in 2012, the number of houses has been reduced by 35% from 975 to 635. The proportion of affordable housing has been cut from 40% to 17.5%.
A petrol station planned near Liberty Square has also been removed.
There will be a two-form entry primary school with playing fields; an extension to the community hall, car parks, a skate park and other open spaces, as well as road improvements.
Andrew Blevins, managing director of Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust UK said: “We listened carefully to residents’ concerns over the scale of new housing and have reduced the number proposed.
"We have worked hard to revise our plans taking into consideration the feedback received during the various public consultations.
"Importantly, we will provide land for a new primary school with playing fields; as well as enhance community facilities such as extending the community centre, creating a skate park and improving roads, parking and public spaces – including a new ‘linear park’ which will be over three times the size of the pitch at Wembley.
“Kings Hill will stay true to its roots as a mixed-use development and plenty of land will be reserved for the business community to be able to grow.”
To view and comment on the application visit www.tmbc.gov.uk, reference number TM/13/01535/OA.
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