Homes England has issued a press release on its proposed new approach to the Lodge Hill development on the Hoo Peninsula.
The new plans are for up to 500 new homes, rather than the 2,000 originally proposed.
Please find below a statement from the Leader of Medway Council following this announcement.
Leader of Medway Council, Cllr Alan Jarrett, said: “I am extremely disappointed that Homes England has decided to significantly reduce the number of homes it originally planned on developing at Lodge Hill. Like other local authorities across England, we are under huge pressure from central government to quickly build thousands of new homes. We have exciting plans to unlock the potential growth on the Hoo Peninsula and to improve the facilities and infrastructure, but this decision will put greater pressure on already scarce land available in Hoo. We are committed to providing sustainable growth across Medway through the preparation of our Local Plan, but I now question if this decision demonstrates the government’s own commitment to meet their housing targets. We will now need even greater support from central government to help us provide the new homes expected in Medway.”