Game changer garden village planning application submitted for Stonehouse Park
Quinn Estates, a leading mixed-use developer in the South East has submitted an outline planning application for a vibrant new, sustainable community comprising of 850 new homes, including 340 affordable homes (40%) to Sevenoaks District Council.
The site, known as Stonehouse Park, will be an exemplar development for the district and includes an 11.75-acre (4.75Ha) retirement village providing specialist housing for the over 55’s; 15 hectares (37 acres) of parklands, green space and allotments; and state-of-the-art sports facilities and pitches for Sevenoaks Hockey Club and Sevenoaks Rugby Club.
Stonehouse Park is located at the former Broke Hill Golf Club; Quinn Estates intend to deliver a scheme that takes redundant land that is no longer suitable for agricultural use due to land raising and profiling of the golf course and create an exemplar Garden Village, including community facilities and a one-form entry primary school. The site is also adjacent to the only under capacity motorway junction on the M25 and Knockholt Railway Station (Zone 6), unlocking further connectivity within the district.
Quinn Estates’ vision for the development is truly landscape led green spaces and the enhancement of nature at its core. Walking and cycling has been prioritised, the planting of new wildflower meadows is planned and there is significant retention of the trees and hedges from its former life as a golf course. A crucial aspect of the proposal is encouraging the community to engage with nature and to consider how land is managed.
The proposal’s leading sustainability and social and community infrastructure form part of the ‘exceptional circumstances’ upon which Sevenoaks can permit development in the Green Belt, which has been a significant focus for the Quinn Estates team. Stonehouse Park will pioneer the use of green technology including solar panels connected to home battery systems, renewable energy solutions such as air source heat pumps and fast charge EV points to all homes – with the aim of moving towards carbon neutrality and creating the most environmentally sustainable scheme the district will have ever considered. The development will also create up to 500 local jobs, supported by the creation of a thriving business hub in a deliverable location, as well as a local convenience and specialist food store.
The mix, range of tenures and design of housing will provide local young people and families with the opportunity to get on the housing ladder, by providing a mix of house types and sizes. The development will also meet the needs of Sevenoaks’ ageing population by providing the opportunity for the over 55’s to downsize to high quality accommodation, which offers onsite care provision.
Commenting on the planning submission, Mark Quinn, CEO & Chairman of Quinn Estates said:
“We are delighted to announce that we have submitted an outline application for Stonehouse Park to Sevenoaks District Council. We see this as a ‘game changer’ for the district, with the potential for in excess of 40% affordable housing to meet local need and community infrastructure that will far exceed local community expectations.”
“We are committed to delivering our proposals to the highest quality, within the next five years, providing the much-needed homes to the people of Sevenoaks.”
“Our application showcases an innovative approach to the Green Belt to create the most environmentally sustainable development to come forward in Sevenoaks’ history with 37 acres of parklands, green space and community gardens.”
“Stonehouse Park will also provide an exemplary business hub to meet the needs of businesses looking to base their offices closer to London, without the associated London rates.”
The vision for the development, which is highlighted within the planning application, is:
- To create up to 850 beautiful and imaginatively designed homes with gardens, combining the best of town and country;
- The creation of up to 500 local jobs in a high-quality setting within easy commuting distance of homes by foot and cycle;
- To deliver strong local, cultural, recreational and sporting facilities for Sevenoaks Hockey Club and Sevenoaks Rugby Club in, vibrant, sociable neighbourhoods;
- To provide an integrated and accessible transport system, with walking, cycling and public transport designed to be the most attractive forms of local transport;
- To create a unique landscape environment integrated by 37 acres of extensive publicly accessible green spaces which will respect its landscape setting;
- To deliver significant social, economic and environmental benefits for new residents and improvements to the wider community in the district;
- To promote a mixed-use sustainable development of locally inspired distinct character areas;
- To enhance the natural environment, providing a comprehensive green infrastructure network and net biodiversity gains.
Quinn Estates have agreed a planning performance agreement with Sevenoaks District Council and look forward to working with them as they work through their local plan process over the coming year.