Our award-winning development, Faversham Lakes has been shortlisted for its second national award as part of the 2023 Housing Digital Awards.
Faversham Lakes has already won at this year's Kent Housing Awards and shortlisted for a UK Housing Award. The development also won Best Large Development at the First Time Buyer Awards 2021.
The site, built in partnership with Anderson, with a gross value in excess of £120million – impressed judges with its strong community feel and houses with spacious open-plan designs, generous gardens and all within walking distance of the landscaped parkland.
The project meets the local housing need “head on”. As of June 2022, the Housing Register at Swale Borough Council, which includes Faversham in its constituency, had 1,405 live applications with a great need for all sizes and types of homes for residents. Approximately 10% of people who applied, require a property with an adaption and yet more require ground floor accommodation only. In addition, almost 50% of people going through the application process, noted Faversham as an area they would like to live.
The site was originally a series of lakes and a disused quarry and the homes have been carefully designed in amongst the water to create a picturesque country-feel.
Anderson has engaged throughout the project with nearby residents, local stakeholders, and local authorities and incorporated a wealth of suggestions from local people that have enhanced existing community facilities to support the community growth.
This has included redeveloping the former Oare gunpowder works on site and bringing forward the listed buildings as a heritage centre along with supporting buildings including retail units.
Other community assets include a new Sea Scout troop headquarters, an extended car park for the local school and a community theatre.
Testimonials from residents already living on site demonstrate community spirit is already in full swing and that they are thrilled with their purchases – which led to Anderson scooping an In-House Gold Award for developers with a 96% recommendation rate from customers.