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Plans for 122 homes in Brompton Farm Road, Strood

By Jade Edwards

A developer wants to build a housing estate on an orchard on the outskirts of Strood.

Brookworth Homes has applied for planning permission to construct 122 detached, semi-detached and terraced houses and apartments in Brompton Farm Road.

In January, councillors rejected plans for 135 homes on the 32-acres site.

The road that leads to the orchard

The road that leads to the orchard

Medway Council received objections from 20 people living nearby who raised concerns over the impact on schools, doctors and roads and the loss of view and farmland.

The Dickens Country Protection Society and Medway Countryside Forum also opposed the proposals on environmental grounds.

The new application seeks permission for 11 one bedroom flats, 30 two bedroom apartments, eight two bedroom houses, 55 three bedroom homes and 18 four bedroom houses. A quarter of the properties would be allocated as affordable homes.

The developer says they have combatted the main reason for refusal, which was the need for a stronger boundary along the western side of the site, with a landscaped buffer.

The proposals include plans to demolish 178 Brompton Farm Road to make way for a new road and a pedestrian link will be created between the development and nearby Hertsfield Avenue.

A public green space will also be created and there are plans for a “ecological corridor” along Stonehorse Lane.

The planning application states: “These outline scheme proposals will ensure that the development achieves the following: a generous level of parking in accordance to Medway Council’s requirements to avoid impacting on the area, a scheme which avoids having a negative impact on surrounding properties and has limited impact on views from open spaces, residential properties and public footpaths surrounding the site.”

If approved the application states the development is likely to be completed within five years.

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