Fuller Long has won planning permission for new homes in Sittingbourne, ME10 between Snipeshill and Murston on behalf of our clients AmicusHorizon. Planning permission was granted for the demolition of a pre-existing housing complex and the building of a brand new housing scheme offering 40 affordable family sized properties.
Originally, Ceres Court consisted of 78 flats across three 4 storey traditional blocks. This included a mix of bedsits, 1 bedroom flats and 3 bedroom maisonettes. The proposal submitted by Fuller Long on behalf of our client proposed the demolition of these existing properties, and the creation of 40 new homes, providing 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms. These houses would be 100% affordable with 75% affordable rent and 25% shared ownership. This helps meet the overriding objectives and policies contained within both the NPPF and section 7 of the local plan, particularly with regards to delivering a wide choice of high-quality homes to help create a balanced community.
All the homes included in the scheme were also designed to meet lifetime homes standards and would provide a significantly improved standard of accommodation and safety for future occupiers than was available previously, thus, not only meeting but exceeding policy requirements.
As part of our submission, the inclusion of an Energy Statement, Highways and Biodiversity assessments gave insight into the wider impacts of the proposed development, providing the council with the confidence to grant permission for the scheme.
To further aid the success of the application, Fuller Long conducted a public consultation exercise with Swale Borough Council to gain approval and identify the housing need in the area. These conversations helped to establish the scope of the development and the number and types of dwelling needed for the community. A communication and consultation strategy was also implemented which prioritised existing residents to ensure they got suitable and often, more suitable, alternative home. The response from this consultation also indicated that existing residents were supportive of the new scheme.
By putting a strong and well-supported statement forward, Fuller Long was able to gain planning permission for our clients, for which works are forthcoming.
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