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Masterplan for up to 800 new homes to be revealed

Strode Farm at Herne, which could be uilt on to provide up to 800 homes
Strode Farm at Herne, which could be uilt on to provide up to 800 homes

Villagers are invited to two public meetings to discuss the latest plans for developing Strode Farm in Herne. Hollamby Estates is planning two sessions next week to provide more details about their proposals for homes and commercial units on the site in Herne, dubbed “Lower Herne Village”.

A previous public consultation was attended by 450 people and more than 170 questionnaires were completed. Officials say that the responses have shaped their proposals, which also include providing a “relief road” for the village and they plan to reveal their “draft masterplan” at the events. Chris Crook, from Hollamby Estates, said:

Hollamby Estates has been a stakeholder in the local community for many years, and it is thanks to Hollamby that a number of local developments and other infrastructure has been provided already. These proposals for Lower Herne Village are designed to meet local need and make a sustainable contribution to the community, in direct response to the expectations of the emerging Local Plan.

Our aim is to create a community that responds to local need and complement the character of the area. We believe, as our extensive market research has shown, that there is great need for well-designed family homes in this area, ranging from two bedroom cottages to larger properties that are suited to the needs of growing families. We have invested heavily in an experienced professional team of advisors to help us develop our vision for the site, and to see it through to completion.

We hope that local people will come along to the exhibition and see how their feedback has shaped plans to date, as well as talking to us about the draft masterplan.

Up to 800 homes could be provided on the site, as well as community facilities including a new village hall and commercial units. But previous consultations by Herne and Broomfield Parish Council revealed that many people in the village opposed the plans. The development would also mean roads in the area would also be upgraded, but opponents say the proposals do not go far enough in providing an alternative route for traffic.

The meetings will be held at Herne Community Centre, behind School Lane car park, on Wednesday, October 1, from 2pm to 6pm, and at the Kings Hall on Herne Bay seafront on Thursday, October 2, from 4pm to 8pm. For more information on the scheme call 0808 168 2519 or email info@lowerhernevillage.co.uk

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