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Thursday 18 January

Queenborough and Rushenden homes scheme well underway

Work is underway on more than a hundred new homes as part of the Queenborough and Rushenden regeneration scheme.

The first phase of development on the brownfield site will see 101 new homes built off Rushenden Road.

Councillors visited the site to see the initial work taking place on the former Twyford works, and met with representatives from the homebuilders Keepmoat Homes and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

The Queenborough and Rushenden Regeneration Project aims to provide 1,100 new homes alongside a new school, community facilities and new employment, with up to 1.94 million sq. ft. of new floor space.

The land was prepared for development by the HCA who cleared the site and raised the ground levels to enable construction to take place.

Cllr Mike Cosgrove, cabinet member for regeneration at Swale Borough Council, said:

"It’s good to see work getting underway to provide much needed new homes on this brownfield site.

"This builds on the success of Neats Court which brought jobs and opportunities for local residents ahead of the new housing.

"The HCA has turned this former industrial land into something with the potential to be of real value to the local community, and Keepmoat Homes are working to bring their vision to life."

Keepmoat Homes is delivering the first phase of 101 new homes, including 30 starter homes and associated parking and landscaping.

Mick O’Farrell, Regional Managing Director for the Southern Region at Keepmoat Homes, said:

"This is our first project on the Isle of Sheppey, and we’re looking forward to getting to know the local community and introducing our brand as we build this first phase of new homes."

Neil Miller, Senior Specialist for Accelerated Delivery at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), said:

"It’s great to see these 101 new homes being built as part of the wider Queenborough and Rushenden Regeneration Project.

"This development is an excellent example of how we are making early investment in the infrastructure needed to speed up house building."

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