Ribbon cut at new Gravesham Borough Council homes
A £2.7 million Gravesham Borough Council development of 17 affordable to rent homes has been officially opened.
Cllr Jenny Wallace, Cabinet Member for Housing Services, cut the ribbon at Pankhurst Place, off St Hilda’s Way, Gravesend, on Tuesday (11 February).
The development is made up of four two-bed maisonettes; three two-bedroom houses; one wheelchair ready flat; five two-bedroom flats; and four one-bedroom flats.
All have been allocated via Gravesham Council’s Housing Register to applicants from within the Borough, with the first residents moving in imminently.
It also features a secure playground for younger children of new and existing residents in the area.
Built by Westridge Construction on brownfield land previously occupied by a former council depot and derelict garages, the development is named after Emmeline Pankhurst as the work began on site in 2018 during the commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the suffragette movement.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Cllr Jenny Wallace said: “This is a positive regeneration of a site that was, quite simply, a nuisance for local residents with fly tipping and anti-social behaviour.
“This is the first of a number of developments either already under construction or going through the planning process that will, if all are agreed, see us build more than 200 affordable homes for local people in the next two to three years.
“Those new homes will be fit for the 21st century, meeting the highest environmental standards and delivering a range of properties that will allow for families to stay and grow in the Borough, and older generations to downsize.”
A further development is under construction on another brownfield site at nearby Whitehill Road where 32 homes including flats and houses are due to be completed in autumn 2020.
Work is also due to start on 48 new homes on land off Valley Drive this spring, while planning permission has been granted for 23 homes at St Patrick’s Gardens.
Cllr Wallace added: “These schemes represent a considerable investment by the council in new homes for local people, helping us achieve one of our key objectives of creating a Borough people are proud to call home.”