• Follow us on Linkedin
Maidstone and Malling's No.1 Newspaper
  • A seasonal guide to great days out for all the family

  • Daily Downs Mail - for breaking news

  • For cost effective advertising call 01622 630330

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."