Kent village once described as most remote in county sees plans for more housing

The plans would see over 30 new houses built on the Isle of Grain
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Plans have been put forward to Medway Council for the construction of a new housing development in a small "remote" village. Esquire Developments Ltd is seeking permission to build a block of new homes on the Isle of Grain within the Hoo Peninsula.

Comprising 34 houses, the development would be built on agricultural land found to the west of Edinburgh Road, on the western edge of the village of Grain. The site sits directly next to the Kent Fire and Rescue Service station and is bordered to the north by the B2001 Grain Road.

Previously described by the BBC as “the most remote location in Kent”, the village currently has a population of around 1,730 according to the latest census held in 2021. It is served by a Co-op supermarket, has one primary school, multiple restaurants, one pub, a church and a village hall.

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These proposals would see a mixture of one to three-bedroom houses built on this plot of land to the west which would “form part of the gateway into the village.” Vehicular access will be granted via an extension of Edinburgh Road, which would act as a spine road running through the middle of the housing.

Following a public consultation on the plans, it was proposed at one stage that another access point be created from Grain Road. However, this presented potential highways issues and was ultimately abandoned in favour of sole access from Edinburgh Road.

How the development could look once completed
How the development could look once completed -Credit:Esquire Developments Ltd/BPTW via Medway Council planning portal

Pedestrian access would be via Edinburgh Road, as well as pedestrian frontage bordering Grain Road and Chapel Road, which it is hoped would “help connect the new development and existing residents from Edinburgh Road to local amenities along the High Street.” Additionally, the plans propose the construction of a new pedestrian crossing across the B2001 from the north of the development.

A green buffer would be built around the development’s borders to “soften the development and provide privacy”. Homes would be limited to two-storeys and include their own private gardens, as well as parking spaces.

These spaces would be to the front of the homes facing the central spine road, and to the rear of the houses fronting Grain Road. The proposals are currently awaiting a decision from Medway Council and can be viewed in full via the council's planning portal with reference MC/24/1289.

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