The proposals will finally see the development of a long vacant site adjacent to Springfield Roundabout. This land was acquired by U+I who saw the potential of this former paper mill site overlooking the river Medway for a residential community.
The plans submitted by U+I, the mixed-use property regeneration developer, will see this brownfield plot rejuvenated with 310 new homes, public realm and landscaping improvements. Designed by award winning architects Guy Hollaway, the scheme includes a range of buildings from 8-18 storeys, marking the gateway to Maidstone town centre.
The plans include 220 units which could be delivered as 'Build to Rent' or speculative homes for sale. Build to Rent will bring another dimension to the local housing market, with the properties dedicated to private renters and their needs, encouraging long-term tenancies which can help to create a more sustainable community.
The approved development will include:
- An outdoor area - publicly accessible ground level terraces and roof top allotments for residents.
- A club lounge - which could include work spaces and social areas reserved for tenants.
- An on site management team - on hand to handle all tenant queries.
It is envisaged the development will be completed in the next 2-3 years.
Richard Upton, Deputy Chief Executive of U+I said:
"We are delighted that Maidstone Council shares our enthusiasm for these proposals which will deliver a well-designed scheme on a prominent gateway site. Maidstone is famous for its paper mills and thread twisting and is an exceptional and relatively affordable place to live.
"U+I has woven the history of this county town into the architecture and landscape throughout the proposal. The project team has worked hard over the past year to develop a creative and compelling vision for Royal Engineers Road."
--U and I
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