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Quinn Estates plan for 11,000 houses on farmland in Bapchild

By Chloe Holmwood

Shock plans for more than 11,000 homes, a school, medical facilities and a sports area have been revealed.

Developer Quinn Estates is proposing to develop 1,447 acres of farmland from the M2 near Kent Science Park up to the A2 London Road at Bapchild.

If given the go ahead, a planning application will be submitted for:

Homeowners in new housing estates in Kent often have to pay 'estate charges' on top of their council tax bills
Homeowners in new housing estates in Kent often have to pay 'estate charges' on top of their council tax bills
  • Up to 11,250 residential dwellings
  • About 120,000 square metres of commercial floorspace
  • About 7,650 square metres of community uses including a nursery, pharmacy, pub/restaurant
  • GP medical facilities
  • Up to four primary schools and two secondary schools
  • Sports and leisure facilities including about 30 acres of sports pitches
  • About 151 acres of "natural" and "semi-natural" greenspace and 282 acres of "amenity" greenspace

The proposal also includes major highways works, with new junctions with the M2 and A2 and a new relief road to link the two junctions to Kent Science Park, providing a Southern relief Road for Sittingbourne.

It is just under double the size of the controversial Chilmington Green development, which once finished will be Ashford's largest housing estate with more than 5,700 houses.

And it is understood none of the land referred to in the Quinn Estates plans has been earmarked for development in Swale council’s Local Plan, which was adopted in the summer.

An artist's impression of the Chilmington Green development
An artist's impression of the Chilmington Green development

The proposal comes soon after the developer submitted another set of controversial plans for more than 600 homes, a school, shops and a rugby clubhouse at Borden.

The hybrid proposal, put forward in November, is for land off Cryalls Lane and Wises Lane and also includes a link road between Borden Lane and Chestnut Street.

These plans are currently being considered by planners.

Last month, Swale expressed concern that a government review of local authorities’ housing targets could force it to approve an extra 5,560 homes over the next 20 years.

  • To view or comment on the latest proposals, go to swale.gov.uk/planning and search for 17/506492/ENVSCR

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