HOUSING: First images of of Bicknor Wood are cold comfort to villagers
Friday 24th May 2019
THIS is how the massive housing development in Otham will look when it is finished.
Locals fear that these and hundreds of other luxury dwellings are set to change the village forever, putting pressure on local services and roads.
Major house-builder Bellway Kent claims there has been a "phenomenal level of interest".
But local borough councillor Gordon Newton says Maidstone Borough Council has "wrecked the place" and not provided the infrastructure prior to development.
Langley and Otham is to takes many hundreds of new homes despite a huge puiblic outcry about pressure on roads and schools.
He added: "One of the conditions of these developments is that the infrastructure has to be in place prior to development. It never happens."
New road changes have been hampered by Liberal Democrat-led MBC's nine month High Court battle with Kent County Council over funding of infrastructure changes.
MBC is, however, committed to its policy of "modal shift" which encourages people to leave their cars at home and wlak, ride a bike or take the bus instead.
Mark Harrop, Sales Director for Bellway Kent, said: “There has been a phenomenal level of interest in our Bicknor Wood development, which will include a wide range of house types to suit different buyers, from downsizers and growing families to those taking their first steps on the property ladder.
“The homes will feature open-plan living spaces designed to cater for modern lifestyles and each property will have its own garden and garage, or parking.
“With its excellent rail links to Central London, Bicknor Wood is a great choice for commuters."
- CLOSED: Village road to shut
- WARNING: Fallen tree shuts road near Maidstone
- CCTV APPEAL: Man in his 60s targeted in distraction cash theft
- VAN CRASH: Two men arrested following 'motorcycle theft' near Maidstone
- LIB DEM CRISIS: Two more council resignations being considered
- LOCAL BOOST: Elmer Parade's £7m injection into local economy
- COVID-19 LATEST: Children aged 12 to 15 to be offered jab
- WARNING: Heavy rain to hit Maidstone tonight