Kennett Garden Village

We are finalising plans for a sustainable, lower-density ‘garden village’ style mixed-use development on land off Station Road in Kennett, to the north of the train station, that will provide high-quality housing including affordable housing, create local employment opportunities and encourage healthy and sociable community living.

Kennett Garden Village, which will be accommodated on a 40 hectare site that has been allocated in the East Cambs Local Plan, will include around 500 new homes (including affordable homes for local people), a new enterprise park for local employment and a new car park facility for the station. A proportion of the new homes would be genuinely affordable Community Land Trust homes for people living and/or working in the parish.

In the heart of the village there will be a new village school for the Staploe Education Trust, and neighbourhood scale retail facilities such as a shop, café, surgery and community office all located around a new village square and a 3 acre village green. In addition to the market and affordable homes, part of the development will be designed with older residents in mind, with a range of homes that will appeal to the active retired, and those that need extra care.

The integration of quality public, private and semi-private open spaces into the development is central to the design philosophy and there are great opportunities to enhance the biodiversity from what is currently relatively sterile farmland that is in intensive cultivation.

We are engaging with key stakeholders to explore the possibility of enhancing train services from Kennett station for the benefit of existing and future users. We are also proposing a number of potential local highway improvements that are designed to address local concerns.

What's happening now?

Following the Community Planning Weekend held in November 2016, we have developed the masterplan further in consultation with the CLT and the planning and regulatory authorities. We have also completed our technical investigations and set out our ideas for how the phasing of infrastructure would work. The CLT trustees are now consulting with their members about the proposals.

New homes: Approx 500
Partners: Kennett CLT (http://www.kennettvillage.co.uk/index.php/en/), John Thompson and Partners (Masterplanner), MLM (Consulting Engineers), Strutt and Parker (Planning Consultant) and Emily Haysom (Landscape Architect)

We are finalising plans for a sustainable, lower-density ‘garden village’ style mixed-use development on land off Station Road in Kennett, to the north of the train station, that will provide high-quality housing including affordable housing, create local employment opportunities and encourage healthy and sociable community living.

Kennett Garden Village, which will be accommodated on a 40 hectare site that has been allocated in the East Cambs Local Plan, will include around 500 new homes (including affordable homes for local people), a new enterprise park for local employment and a new car park facility for the station. A proportion of the new homes would be genuinely affordable Community Land Trust homes for people living and/or working in the parish.

In the heart of the village there will be a new village school for the Staploe Education Trust, and neighbourhood scale retail facilities such as a shop, café, surgery and community office all located around a new village square and a 3 acre village green. In addition to the market and affordable homes, part of the development will be designed with older residents in mind, with a range of homes that will appeal to the active retired, and those that need extra care.

The integration of quality public, private and semi-private open spaces into the development is central to the design philosophy and there are great opportunities to enhance the biodiversity from what is currently relatively sterile farmland that is in intensive cultivation.

We are engaging with key stakeholders to explore the possibility of enhancing train services from Kennett station for the benefit of existing and future users. We are also proposing a number of potential local highway improvements that are designed to address local concerns.

What's happening now?

Following the Community Planning Weekend held in November 2016, we have developed the masterplan further in consultation with the CLT and the planning and regulatory authorities. We have also completed our technical investigations and set out our ideas for how the phasing of infrastructure would work. The CLT trustees are now consulting with their members about the proposals.

New homes: Approx 500
Partners: Kennett CLT (http://www.kennettvillage.co.uk/index.php/en/), John Thompson and Partners (Masterplanner), MLM (Consulting Engineers), Strutt and Parker (Planning Consultant) and Emily Haysom (Landscape Architect)

  • Cambridge Evening News Article

    11 months ago
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    We are delighted to see the Cambridge Evening News talking about our CLT lead planning application at Kennett, follow the link to see what they have to say...Kennett in the Cambridge Evening News

    We are delighted to see the Cambridge Evening News talking about our CLT lead planning application at Kennett, follow the link to see what they have to say...Kennett in the Cambridge Evening News

  • Planning application submitted for Kennett Garden Village

    11 months ago
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    Planning application submitted for Kennett Garden Village

    On Monday 4th June 2018 Palace Green Homes submitted an Outline Planning Application for Kennett Garden Village. The application will be considered by planners at East Cambridgeshire District Council over the coming months, before being determined by the Planning Committee.

    The Kennett Garden Village (KGV) scheme will be the fifth and largest community-led development in East Cambridgeshire. It has taken around 18 months to progress from inception of the scheme to submission of the Outline Planning Application, following an extensive community engagement process.

    The proposals for Kennett Garden Village are the product...

    Planning application submitted for Kennett Garden Village

    On Monday 4th June 2018 Palace Green Homes submitted an Outline Planning Application for Kennett Garden Village. The application will be considered by planners at East Cambridgeshire District Council over the coming months, before being determined by the Planning Committee.

    The Kennett Garden Village (KGV) scheme will be the fifth and largest community-led development in East Cambridgeshire. It has taken around 18 months to progress from inception of the scheme to submission of the Outline Planning Application, following an extensive community engagement process.

    The proposals for Kennett Garden Village are the product of a genuine collaboration between Palace Green Homes (the developer), a young farming family that live locally (the landowners) and the local community. They all share the desire to create a new development that is not only a great place to live, but that is somewhere that has community-owned assets, such as genuinely affordable homes. Such assets will provide a significant and on-going income that can be reinvested back into the local community for generations to come, making Kennett more resilient and more able to adapt to future change.

    Kennett Garden Village will provide significant community benefits, including:

    · Approximately 500 market and affordable homes;

    · New link road between Station Road and Dane Hill Road serving the development and diverting through traffic away from the existing village;

    · New school buildings for Kennett Primary School with dedicated sports pitch and an Early Years Centre;

    · New ‘Village Green’ at the Station Road and Church Lane junction;

    · New ‘Village Square’ accommodating a variety of uses such as a shop, café, health centre, community uses and care facilities;

    · Sheltered housing/care home for the elderly;

    · Extensive areas of open space around the ‘countryside edge’ of the development, as well as a linear park to provide an appropriate setting and enhanced public access to the Howe Hill Tumulus (which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument);

    · New commercial area for business uses including offices, light industrial workshops and a children’s day nursery;

    · New car park for Kennett railway station; and

    · Substantial improvements and traffic calming to the local road network, including a new mini-roundabout at the Station Road / Bury Road (Bell Inn) crossroads in Kentford.

    Feedback received during the community engagement process - which included a community-led planning weekend, many meetings and workshops with stakeholders, and a public exhibition – played an integral role in the design of the proposals and we would like to thank all who participated.

    The full planning application (ECDC Planning Ref: 18/00752/ESO) is available to view and comment on.

    Kennett Planning Application




  • Kennett Pre-Application Public Exhibition

    over 1 year ago
    Public exhibition

    Palace Green Homes and Kennett CLT presented the latest plans for Kennett Garden Village to the public at a Pre-application Exhibition held in the village on 9th February 2018, where around 110 people attended. Attendees were able to view the latest proposals for the site and talk to the design team that produced them. Phil Rose, Head of Development at Palace Green Homes said, "We were very pleased with the turnout on Friday and welcomed the constructive feedback that was received. We will continue to work with members of Kennett CLT to ensure that the principles that have...

    Palace Green Homes and Kennett CLT presented the latest plans for Kennett Garden Village to the public at a Pre-application Exhibition held in the village on 9th February 2018, where around 110 people attended. Attendees were able to view the latest proposals for the site and talk to the design team that produced them. Phil Rose, Head of Development at Palace Green Homes said, "We were very pleased with the turnout on Friday and welcomed the constructive feedback that was received. We will continue to work with members of Kennett CLT to ensure that the principles that have been agreed for Kennett Garden Village are incorporated into our planning application when it is submitted later this year".

    The exhibition boards that were on show at the event are available to download from our website.



  • Kennett Garden Village Pre-application Exhibition date announced

    over 1 year ago

    Local residents of Kennett, Kentford and surrounding villagers have been invited to view and comment on the latest Garden Village proposals on Friday 9th February 2018. The exhibition will be held between 4.00pm and 8.00pm at the new Kentford and Kennett Village Hall on Station Road, Kennett. The Vision and masterplan for Kennett Garden Village have evolved through a process of collaborative planning with local people, statutory authorities and service providers; in particular, issues raised at the Community Planning Weekend in Nov 2016 have significantly shaped the current plans. Alongside new homes and job, this development will deliver important...

    Local residents of Kennett, Kentford and surrounding villagers have been invited to view and comment on the latest Garden Village proposals on Friday 9th February 2018. The exhibition will be held between 4.00pm and 8.00pm at the new Kentford and Kennett Village Hall on Station Road, Kennett. The Vision and masterplan for Kennett Garden Village have evolved through a process of collaborative planning with local people, statutory authorities and service providers; in particular, issues raised at the Community Planning Weekend in Nov 2016 have significantly shaped the current plans. Alongside new homes and job, this development will deliver important improvements for the local community including:

    · Decreasing the need for HGVs and other through traffic to pass though Kennett by provision of a new perimeter road;

    · A comprehensive solution to the traffic problems that affect the Bell Inn crossroads on the B1506 in Kentford;

    · Enabling the well-loved village school to move into a modern building with a more spacious play area;

    · Improving car and cycle parking facilities at the rail station;

    · Providing good-quality affordable homes for local people through a Community Land Trust, and

    · Providing new local facilities including a shop


  • Kennett CLT help to design a very special place

    over 1 year ago

    On Friday 19th January around 20 members of Kennett CLT joined representatives from the Design team for the first of two participatory workshops that have been organised to help produce the Design Code for the new development. This document will be a key part of the forthcoming planning application and will set clear guidelines and establish design principles for Buildings, Streets and Open spaces within the development. All future planning applications for for individual elements within the development will be monitored and reviewed to ensure compliance with the code.

    Feedback received from the group, and...

    On Friday 19th January around 20 members of Kennett CLT joined representatives from the Design team for the first of two participatory workshops that have been organised to help produce the Design Code for the new development. This document will be a key part of the forthcoming planning application and will set clear guidelines and establish design principles for Buildings, Streets and Open spaces within the development. All future planning applications for for individual elements within the development will be monitored and reviewed to ensure compliance with the code.

    Feedback received from the group, and any other members of the trust that were unable to attend, will be considered by the Design team and presented back to the wider community at a Public Exhibition to be held in the village on Friday 9th February 2018.


  • Kennett CLT support proposals

    over 1 year ago

    Kennett CLT recently held a vote among its membership, to decide whether the board of Trustees should lend its support to the Garden Village plans. 69% of the membership voted to support the proposals.

    Community involvement has been integral to the design of the garden village. A Community Planning Weekend was held in November 2016 and consultation with local stakeholders, including the CLT, has been on-going since then. Recent updates to the plans in response to community feedback include the introduction of a perimeter road to divert traffic through traffic away from Station Road and the existing village of Kennett,...

    Kennett CLT recently held a vote among its membership, to decide whether the board of Trustees should lend its support to the Garden Village plans. 69% of the membership voted to support the proposals.

    Community involvement has been integral to the design of the garden village. A Community Planning Weekend was held in November 2016 and consultation with local stakeholders, including the CLT, has been on-going since then. Recent updates to the plans in response to community feedback include the introduction of a perimeter road to divert traffic through traffic away from Station Road and the existing village of Kennett, and a new roundabout proposal to alleviate highway problems at the Bell Inn crossroads on the B1506.

    Phil Rose, Head of Property and Development at Palace Green Homes said, “We are delighted that so many of Kennett Community Land Trust’s members have shown their support for Kennett Garden Village, particularly as the plans have been drawn up based on the feedback we’ve had from the local community over the past 12 months.”

    “This ‘community-led’ approach to development has given residents the chance to shape their neighbourhood, and will bring real social and economic benefits. We look forward to continuing to work with Kennett CLT and the wider community over the coming months as we prepare our planning application for submission in early 2018.”


  • Kennett CLT consulting with its members on latest proposals

    over 1 year ago

    In November 2017 Kennet CLT began a further formal consultation with its members on the latest proposals.


    In November 2017 Kennet CLT began a further formal consultation with its members on the latest proposals.


  • Kennett Garden Village confirmed as allocation in latest draft of local plan

    over 1 year ago

    In November 2017 East Cambs District Council published the submission draft of the Local Plan for consultation. This is the final draft of the local plan that, subject to any post consultation modification, will be submitted to eth Secretary of State for approval. The 40 hectare site at Dane Hill Farm has been included as an allocation for community-led development of around 500 homes.


    In November 2017 East Cambs District Council published the submission draft of the Local Plan for consultation. This is the final draft of the local plan that, subject to any post consultation modification, will be submitted to eth Secretary of State for approval. The 40 hectare site at Dane Hill Farm has been included as an allocation for community-led development of around 500 homes.


  • Palace Green Homes publish revised masterplan

    over 1 year ago

    The revised masterplan published by Palace Green Homes in September 2017 goes a long way to address key issues raised by the CLT. The proposed development on Dane Hill Farm now offers Kennett the opportunity to benefit from:

    · Massive investment in physical infrastructure (roads, utilities, drainage etc) and community infrastructure (school, community buildings etc).

    · 150 genuinely affordable homes for local people to be owned by a CLT.

    · 325 market homes for young people and families in an area of high housing demand.

    · 25 serviced self-build plots.

    · Care home / sheltered housing provided for older people.

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    The revised masterplan published by Palace Green Homes in September 2017 goes a long way to address key issues raised by the CLT. The proposed development on Dane Hill Farm now offers Kennett the opportunity to benefit from:

    · Massive investment in physical infrastructure (roads, utilities, drainage etc) and community infrastructure (school, community buildings etc).

    · 150 genuinely affordable homes for local people to be owned by a CLT.

    · 325 market homes for young people and families in an area of high housing demand.

    · 25 serviced self-build plots.

    · Care home / sheltered housing provided for older people.

    · Enterprise Park next to the station bringing new employment opportunities.

    · Improved train services between Kennett, Cambridge and Ipswich plus new station car parking facility.

    · 30 acres of green space (playgrounds, woodlands, orchards and allotments) to be gifted to the CLT for Kennett residents to enjoy in perpetuity.

    · Play and leisure facilities for children and young people.

    The following benefits are specifically intended to be delivered in Phase 1 of the development:

    · A new perimeter road to take traffic away from the existing village (delivered in Phase 1 of the development).

    · A comprehensive solution to congestion at the Bell Inn Crossroads in Kentford and further traffic calming on Station Road and Dane Hill Road in Kennett.

    · New state of the art buildings for the Kennett Primary School.

    · A new 3 acre village green, with surgery and neighbourhood retail buildings beside the new school to create a village centre.


  • Palace Green Homes funds Network Rail timetable study

    over 1 year ago

    Following positive dialogue with the local rail operator Abellio, Network Rail and the Department for Transport, Palace Green Homes are funding a timetabling study intended to determine what possibilities exist to increase the number of stopping services at Kennett Station on the Ipswich – Cambridge and Colchester – Peterborough lines.

    Abellio are introducing new rolling stock in 2019 that will bring greater timetabling flexibility and the new development at Kennett creates commercial opportunities that would justify improved rail services to and from the regional growth centres.


    Following positive dialogue with the local rail operator Abellio, Network Rail and the Department for Transport, Palace Green Homes are funding a timetabling study intended to determine what possibilities exist to increase the number of stopping services at Kennett Station on the Ipswich – Cambridge and Colchester – Peterborough lines.

    Abellio are introducing new rolling stock in 2019 that will bring greater timetabling flexibility and the new development at Kennett creates commercial opportunities that would justify improved rail services to and from the regional growth centres.