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New Romney: Plans for 30 homes on former Hope All Saints Garden Centre site on Ashford Road and Cockreed Lane junction

By Molly Mileham-Chappell

More homes could be built in New Romney on a former garden centre site, next door to more than 100 other projected new homes.

Proposals to redevelop the former Hope All Saints Garden Centre with 30 new homes were lodged to the council this week.

It comes just days after another developer, Gladman, resubmitted a bid to build 117 homes on the adjacent land, between Ashford Road and Cockreed Lane.

The former garden centre site on Cockreed Lane, taken in 2011. Credit: Google Maps (5944035)
The former garden centre site on Cockreed Lane, taken in 2011. Credit: Google Maps (5944035)

The new proposals by Pageant Ltd for the 5900 sq m site, situated at the junction of same two roads, are made up of a mix of 29 terrace or semi-detached two and three-bedroom homes.

There would be one two-bedroom coach house within the development.

The design and access statement, produced by Designscape Consultancy states: "These would be generous family houses, all of which meet appropriate space standards.

"Upon entering there would be a separation of east and west courts. These courts would act as a traffic calming device as well as providing a sense of space and separation between dwellings."

If approved, the brownfield site would also establish cycle paths and walk ways to connect to the town as well as a south-facing garden in each property.

There would be 30% affordable housing and access to the site maintained from Cockreed Lane.

The drainage and transport assessments consider no reasons for refusal.

Sketches of the 30 proposed homes in New Romney on Cockreed Lane junction. Credit: Designscape Consultancy Ltd Design and Access statement (5943952)
Sketches of the 30 proposed homes in New Romney on Cockreed Lane junction. Credit: Designscape Consultancy Ltd Design and Access statement (5943952)

Additionally, as a brownfield plot, potential contamination will be addressed. However, former businesses are considered to have been 'environmentally responsible' at the site.

The proposed scheme is the latest in a wave of New Romney sites earmarked for development, including authorised plans for 55 homes off Cockreed Lane and 110 houses set to go up opposite Dorland.

The site's neighbouring 117 homes plan was rejected back in the summer on the grounds that no link road would congest other local routes.

A total of 117 homes are also planned for here, land adjoining All Saints Garden Centre, Ashford Road, New Romney
A total of 117 homes are also planned for here, land adjoining All Saints Garden Centre, Ashford Road, New Romney

Members of the Folkestone and Hythe District Council (FHDC) planning committee went against planning officers’ recommendations to approved the new estate, while New Romney Town Council called for it to be scrapped, backing pressure from nearby resident groups.

The updated proposal is for the same number of homes, but Kent County Council (KCC) land associated with St Nicholas Primary School - previously attached to the blueprints - is excluded from this new application.

There is now a separate bid to the council for part of that land to deliver a link road.

The planning statement says: "While these two applications are not dependent on each other, the approval of this application and the adjoining application will ensure that a link road can be delivered."

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