Countryside and Places for People sign first development agreement in Kent under national framework

Lower Herne Village

Countryside, the UK’s leading mixed-tenure developer specialising in place making and regeneration, and Places for People, the largest UK affordable homes led placemaker, have confirmed the first development agreement under their national framework agreement to accelerate the delivery of up to 10,000 mixed-tenure homes over the next decade. 

The £230m scheme in Lower Herne Village in Kent, will deliver 800 new homes, including 240 affordable properties for rental and shared ownership, together with community facilities, new parkland and allotments on the site of the former Strode Farm.

With the first homes planned to be released in 2023, the Master Plan and Design Code proposals for the site are currently under consideration by Canterbury City Council.

Kingsgate Property Consultants acted as advisors to Lower Herne Developments, the landowners.

Andrew Usher, Managing Director, Partnerships South London, Countryside, said: “Having formed a strategic relationship with Places for People to deliver much-needed mixed-tenure housing across the UK, we are thrilled to sign the development agreement for Lower Herne Village so swiftly. This a crucial step in our regional expansion and growth strategy and proof we can deliver high quality and sustainable mixed-tenure communities across the country.”

David Cowans, Group Chief Executive, Places for People, said: “The signing of the development agreement for Lower Herne Village means we can continue with our plans of delivering quality homes which provide choice and meet people’s needs. Working alongside partners such as Countryside, allows us to combine expertise and supports our strategic aim of creating well designed, sustainable mixed-tenure communities.”

Chris Crook, spokesperson for the Hollamby Group of companies which includes Lower Herne Developments said: “Lower Herne Village will now move forward and become a reality, having been many years in the planning and design process. We are delighted that Countryside and Places for People are taking the lead in the delivery of this much needed new development and we will continue to be involved as the development phases unfold. Lower Herne Village facilitates the Herne Relief Road, which is perceived to be a key element of transportation improvements within the Canterbury City Council local plan. We look forward to working with our development partners to achieve this.”