Earlier this year I welcomed plans to redevelop part of Shepway in Maidstone.
The proposals announced by Golding Homes would see Cambridge Crescent turned into 240 new homes, an updated shopping area, and new public spaces.
Last week I met local councillors – including the Leader of Maidstone Borough Council, David Burton – and representatives from Golding Homes to look at how these plans can make life better for local people.
Getting investment in new housing and facilities in Shepway is good news for the local community and is thanks to the hard work of a lot of people, including local councillors.
I’ve stressed that the focus of any development work needs to be on making life better for people who live in Shepway.
While improvements are needed, change can be unsettling. My visit to Cambridge Crescent was also an opportunity to raise questions about where local residents will live during the construction phase and how disruption will be kept to a minimum.
Golding Homes are currently analysing feedback from a recent survey on the plans, but initial results show the plans have the backing of local people.
I’ll continue to work with Golding Homes and Maidstone Borough Council to make sure this development makes life better for local people.