Places for People & Countryside agree new 800-home development

A new 800-home, £230 million scheme in the Lower Herne Village in Kent has been agreed by one of the largest Housing Associations, Places for People and Developer Countryside. The development will offer 240 affordable homes, both rental and shared ownership, with the first homes planned to be built in 2023, with the masterplan and design code proposals under consideration with Canterbury City Council at present.

The two firms revealed an agreement to deliver 10,000 mixed-tenure homes over 10 years in December.

David Cowans, group chief executive of Places for People, said: “The signing of the development agreement for Lower Herne Village means we can continue with our plans of delivering quality homes which provide choice and meet people’s needs.

“Working alongside partners such as Countryside allows us to combine expertise and supports our strategic aim of creating well-designed, sustainable mixed-tenure communities.”

Andrew Usher, managing director of partnerships at Countryside, said: “Having formed a strategic relationship with Places for People to deliver much-needed mixed-tenure housing across the UK, we are thrilled to sign the development agreement for Lower Herne Village so swiftly.

“This a crucial step in our regional expansion and growth strategy and proof we can deliver high-quality and sustainable mixed-tenure communities across the country.”