mhs homes transforms three underused garage sites in Kent into new communities

Twenty-four homes have been built across Medway, utilising space previously taken up by underused garages.

The sites include St Johns Road in Hoo, Hoopers Close and Fleet Road in Rochester, which were all earmarked as having great potential.

“These developments are fantastic examples of how we’ve transformed three garage sites into great communities, providing well designed homes to meet a range of housing needs”, Sarah Paxton, Assistant Director of Development and Regeneration at mhs homes said.

The new homes represent a sustainable form of development on underused sites, by utilising space and totally renovating the local area. I’d like to thank all of our partners for their hard work across these developments”, she added.

The homes were presented to local councillors on Tuesday 20 March, alongside Chartway Group, with a guided tour of all three locations.

Tim McLoughlin, Projects Director for Chartway Group  said: “To see the transformation of these garage sites has been very rewarding for Chartway Group.

“Building quality homes for people on sites which were previously underused is a great showcase of joint working with mhs homes with the focus of creating new communities”, he added.

“We’re pleased to be able to showcase these exciting new developments and highlight the work we’re doing to provide sustainable housing solutions to meet housing needs in Medway”, Sarah added.

Fleet Road, formerly occupied by 86 underused garages now offers six, one-bed homes and five, two-bed homes, all for market rent.

Alex moved into his one-bed home in February this year: “It’s a nice quiet residential neighbourhood, within a short walk of local shops and not far from Rochester high street and train station, with good links to London and beyond.

“The new housing feels spacious and light – not crammed onto the site as you might expect from a new development.

“The room for car parking is generous and there’s some green space, newly planted trees and shrubs as well, which is nice.

“I was happy with the process of the viewing, applying, signing contracts and collecting keys – it was all straight forward and well communicated”, said Alex.

The other two sites, Hoopers Close and St Johns Road will be available in Spring this year.

Hoopers Close is made up of six, one-bed flats and two, two-bed flats for market rent.

St Johns Road comprises of two, two-bed homes for affordable rent and three, two-bed homes for shared ownership.