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The site off the B 3092 in Gillingham where developers want to put 43 park homes.

A firm of developers has revealed plans to build up to 43 homes for the over-55s on a greenfield site just to the north of Gillingham.

Serenity Parks is hoping to put the bungalows off the B 3092 and near the turn off to Colesbrook in what is currently agricultural land next to the footpath to Milton-on-Stour primary school.

On their website the company says it would protect views in a landscape which is close to where John Constable painted Purns Mill.

It says: ‘Generous open green spaces incorporating sustainable urban drainage and native wildflower planting, as well as new trees, would be included.

‘Views from Colesbrook would be protected by the generous buffer zone. A new safe access would be created to the south of the development, linking it with the existing built up area of Gillingham.’

It adds: ‘Up to 43 accessible, inherently affordable bungalow park homes would be developed, creating a new community for older people in Gillingham.’

The company also says that it welcomes feedback on its website about its plans.

Purns Mill Constable
The painting of Parham’s Mill or Purns Mill by John Constable.
From the collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England.
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7 Comments

  1. John
    27 January 2022 at 10:17 am — Reply

    Fully approve. Makes much more sense to build to the North of Gillingham than the South; better road links, infrastructure and sense of community. Great to see a sustainable development that protects the landscape.

  2. Mr Pierre Jordaan
    27 January 2022 at 2:33 pm — Reply

    Putting older people in camps away from the general public smacks of a human rights issue and of course totally unacceptable in terms of the local plan’s sustainability and other matters – how not to plan an expansion to a town – surely a good mix of young and old is healthy – especially as mental health features so strongly these days.

  3. Diana
    27 January 2022 at 4:00 pm — Reply

    Sensible location and great to see a scheme for the elderly whilst protecting the landscape.

  4. STEVE
    27 January 2022 at 5:42 pm — Reply

    Glorified trailer park, no thanks.

  5. Janet
    28 January 2022 at 8:35 am — Reply

    Wonderful news. We have been looking for something like this for years.

  6. Bernard
    31 January 2022 at 2:22 pm — Reply

    With the impending massive southern extension and all the other un-programmed development in Gillingham, this is both un-necessary and yet another attack on green fields. The site would be quite a long walk into the town for elderly people and thus is not sustainable in concept. It would isolate the residents in a back- water and do nothing to improve our already becoming over developed town.
    What is actually wonderful about it I’ve yet to determine.

  7. Caroline
    15 February 2022 at 6:51 pm — Reply

    Absolutely horrified to hear about these Park homes particularly on a greenfield site.
    Some older people may be able to walk into town but I’m sure many won’t, so that will increase traffic and all the problems that incurs. The station is approx 2 miles away along with the shops so how exactly is this accessible without transport. We already have the new southern development so why would we need another one?
    A glorified trailer park is perhaps an exaggeration identified from a previous comment but definitely not that far from the truth. In any case, why park homes, why not bungalows? Smacks of someone making a quick buck from a cheap alternative to proper homes.
    The town centre also now has plans for new homes on the old Co op site but that is acceptable and in my opinion better than an empty shop and car park.
    Will fight this all the way.

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