Statement: Planning application approved for Wises Lane, Borden

Mark Quinn, Chairman, Quinn Estates, said: “The decision by Swale Borough Council to approve our planning application at Wises Lane is fantastic news for Sittingbourne.

“This application is the culmination of many years of investment, effort and detailed technical work. Our aim throughout was to ensure that this allocated site delivered a truly exceptional addition to the built environment of Sittingbourne, with new infrastructure and services that residents need and want.

“Our scheme not only sets the bar for new development but will bring a massive investment in the area with over £25m a year into the local economy from the completed homes and around £13.5m in S106 infrastructure.

“And, because we successfully negotiated the inclusion of additional land to the west of the allocated area, the site itself will now deliver a strategic link road that will help disperse traffic from the A2 and Key Street, thereby easing the town’s gridlock and delivering real improvements to local air quality.

“Giving something back to the communities in which we develop is a central part of our mission in developments across the county and Wises Lane is no different. We want to leave a positive legacy for existing and future residents.

“That includes delivering much needed quality homes, including levels of affordable housing above local policy, but also to deliver improvements that will maximise significant benefits for the local community.

“This is not just a housing scheme – It is a truly sustainable extension to Sittingbourne, which will provide a new local centre, a new primary school, and purpose-built sports facilities for Sittingbourne Rugby Club – which will be a huge asset for the entire local community.”