New £14.2m development to deliver 53 homes in Lenham


17 March 2021

IMAGE: Hard hat with Optivo logoWe're set to deliver 53 new homes after purchasing land in the beautiful market village of Lenham.

The development will include a mixture of one, two, three and four-bedroom homes at Loder Close, with construction due to start in May this year.

The £14.2m development, near Maidstone, Kent, will be constructed by Penenden Heath Developments Limited. It will include a mixture of affordable rent and Shared Ownership homes.

Richard White, Director of Land and New Business at Optivo, said: “We’re looking forward to delivering these much-needed homes to Lenham. We know this wonderful village is steeped in history and we’ve worked hard to create a development which will be sympathetic to the surrounding area. At Optivo, we’ve a proud history of developing places with people, not profit, in mind. We remain ambitious and will continue to do our bit to tackle the housing crisis.”

Tim Vince, Managing Director at Penenden Heath Developments Limited, said: “Penenden Heath Developments Limited are very much looking forward to working with Optivo again in delivering this impressive and well thought-out development. This is our second scheme in Lenham and we are well aware of the quality and standards required by this historic area and know we are more than capable of delivering them.”

Lenham has a population of around 4,000 people and its train station links directly to London Victoria. The picturesque square in the village has two public houses, restaurants, and a tea-room.

The site is 1.97 hectares and is surrounded by open fields on part of its boundary. Five of the homes are being delivered in conjunction with the Rural Housing Trust. The new homes will benefit from a public open space, with tree planting and a strong emphasis on hedgerows.

The landscaping masterplan provides biodiversity enhancements, including bird boxes across the site. It will also feature a pond and a children’s play area. Work is due to complete in Spring 2023.