Published: 06:00, 03 September 2019
Plans for more than 450 homes, a community hall, and a country park have been revealed.
Farming firm GH Dean and Co is seeking outline permission to build up to 466 houses, a village hall with a nursery and open space in Iwade, as well as full planning permission for a country park.
The sites are allocated in Swale council’s Local Plan, which sets out what can be built and where.
According to the plans, which have now been submitted to the council, both parts of the scheme would be served from a main access in Grovehurst Road and a secondary access from The Street.
In a planning document, agent Hume Planning Consultancy said: “The development proposed in this application would add a further 466 dwellings to the east of the village, where the land is considered most appropriate for new housing, as set out in the 2017 Local Plan.
“The Local Plan allocation recognises that Iwade needs to support the increase in population, especially for younger people and families.”
It added: “The village of Iwade has expanded considerably since it was first identified as a growth point in the 1990s, with some 1,200 new homes completed since.
"The village of Iwade has expanded considerably since it was first identified as a growth point in the 1990s, with some 1,200 new homes completed since" -Hume Planning Consultancy
“This development has included the provision of community benefits including a wider range of housing, new community and commercial facilities, open space including play and sports, and traffic management.”
If approved the expected build rate for the homes would be 90 dwellings per annum.
The houses would range from one bed flats to five bedroom houses.
There would also be a range of house types including flats in a block, terraced, semi-detached and detached homes.
There are already nine objections to the plans on the council’s planning portal. Reasons include increased traffic through Iwade, further strain on the village’s doctors’ surgery and school, and fear of being overlooked.