Highsted Park Garden Village

Location: Sittingbourne

Highsted Park is a visionary proposal for the creation of an exemplary new mixed use community on the edge of Sittingbourne delivering exceptional infrastructure enhancements through the delivery of a Southern Relief Road and a new junction onto the M2.

This mixed-use development proposal seeks to deliver a key piece of much needed infrastructure, circa 8,000 dwellings, self-build plots, commercial space, public open space and community facilities in a highly sustainable location in the Swale Borough. The proposed scheme will be set within an attractive landscaped and parkland setting, and will provide a high-quality environment.

The main aims for the development include the following:-
• A once in a generation opportunity to improve air quality and congestion in the locality, some of the worst in the county, by delivering a key piece of infrastructure to revolutionise the quality of life for the residents of Sittingbourne.
• The creation of a high quality residential and commercial led development incorporating garden village principles in an established landscaped setting, in a highly sustainable location.
• A scheme that delivers circa 8,000 new dwellings comprising 2, 3, 4 and 5 bed houses including affordable housing, which will help to meet the existing and future housing needs of the borough.
• Significant extension to Kent Science Park, already one of Kent’s largest employment generators to create an economic super hub for future generations.
• Facilitation of a Further Education provision for Sittingbourne, the largest town in Kent to currently not benefit from such a provision, to create an education legacy which will benefit the area for generations to come.
• A scheme which delivers education facilities to include primary and secondary provision widening the state education offering in Swale.
• Proposals will incorporate a new business community and support the existing infrastructure, from a developer with a very strong track record for the delivery of commercial space in Kent.
• The creation of a sports hub to support the health and wellbeing of current and future residents alike.
• A scheme which provides an exceptionally high quality local environment designed by leading architects and masterplanners which will deliver a range of housing densities across the site, providing a unique and desirable local environment.
• A proposal involving the delivery of self- builds to provide opportunities for people to design and build their own homes as an alternative approach to mainstream residential development.
• The provision of development opportunities for local and small and medium sized developers which will assist in creating
a range of housing choices as well as enhancing delivery rates.
• The embodiment of garden village principles will combine high quality housing with exceptional social and economic infrastructure.
• Enhanced pedestrian, cycle and vehicular links to the town centre.
• Provision of local convenience services including retail facilities.
• Through engagement with stakeholders at an early stage, the existing species poor land could be transformed into a species rich environment where nature is prioritised.
• A long term project with the ability to generate a huge number of construction jobs alongside new long term jobs as part of the significant education, community and commercial elements of the project.
• A scheme which creates a strong and vibrant community with a strong identity and sense of place and incorporate the qualities that are considered placemaking
• The delivery of significant social, economic and environmental benefits and opportunities to help sustain and grow the community of Sittingbourne.

“I very much welcome the proposal for an A2/M2 link. Residents and businesses in Sittingbourne are badly affected by its poor road infrastructure, which is why I have always advocated a Southern Relief Road, to link up with the Northern Relief Road once it is completed. Such a road would reduce congestion in Sittingbourne and the surrounding villages.”

Gordon Henderson MP Sittingbourne and Sheppey

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