Masterplan by Ben Pentreath out to public consultation

The Duchy of Cornwall’s proposals to build a new 2,500-home district in Kent, have been put out to public consultation.

Prince William’s estate has a large land holding to the south-east of Faversham and is keen to deliver “the next Poundbury and Nansledan” at the 135.7ha site, according to documents submitted to Swale Borough Council.

A masterplan for the project was submitted by Ben Pentreath in December last year and validated in late February. It seeks detailed consent for an initial 261 homes at the site along with 3,021sq m of non-residential space – including a local centre with shops, community space and business space.

Outline consent is sought for the remaining phases of the project. As well as the additional homes, it would include hotel, commercial, business and employment space, a primary school, nursery accommodation, health facilities and accommodation for older people.

The Duchy of Cornwall’s design and access statement suggests the development would be built out in seven phases over the next two decades. In addition to the proposed 2,500 new homes, the development is also targeting the creation of 2,500 jobs.


Source: Duchy of Cornwall

Visualisation of new housing at South East Faversham

Documents supporting the application said the Duchy had been in dialogue with Swale Borough Council over the future of the site since 2016 and submitted a prospectus for its development as a “garden community” in 2018.

The design and access statement supporting the application says future planning applications will seek to relocate Faversham Cricket Club to be the “active heart” of the development and upgrade Faversham Football Ground, delivering an improved training pitch in a new position.

The statement concludes: “The design of the proposal will be completely at home in its context and surroundings. Every building within the site has been designed using existing Faversham and surrounding precedents as a guide. This will be a place that residents feel proud to live in and will form a strong sense of place, character and community.”


Source: Duchy of Cornwall

The planning statement supporting the current applicaiton pledges a “policy compliant” level of affordable housing will be delivered as part of the South East Faversham scheme, which it suggests would be a minimum of 30%.

In addition to Ben Pentreath, the Duchy of Cornwall’s project team includes Clague Architects, landscape architects Kim Wilkie and LDA Design, and engineering design consultant Hydrock.

The proposals are out to public consultation until 20 April.