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Future plans for Kings Hill

People living and working at Kings Hill are being invited to have their say on future plans for the development and to make suggestions as to what they would like to see on site.

Developer Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd is holding a day of public consultation at the Kings Hill Community Centre on Thursday 6 September. People living and working at Kings Hill will have an opportunity to meet the development team and its advisors and put forward ideas and comments.

In order that as many people as possible can attend the public consultation, two three hours open sessions are being held - 10am to 1pm and 5pm to 8pm. People can drop in at any time during these periods when there will be plenty of time for an informal chat with the team.

Also at the public consultation will be representatives from Futurecity, a specialist culture and placemaking agency, which has been appointed to create a series of artworks around the control tower at Kings Hill to commemorate its history. They are keen to hear from anyone who has memories of the site’s past as an airfield or has suggestions for the sort of artworks they would like to see.

“The Government has said that communities should have their voices listened to regarding future development in their area - and we are doing just that,” said Andrew Blevins, Liberty’s managing director. “It is only right that those living and working here should be able to have their say.

“The original masterplan for Kings Hill was set out in 1989 and one of the major reasons for the development’s success is that those plans have been revisited and adapted over the years in response to the ever changing economic and social climate.

“We are about to review those plans again to see how we can better respond to current market demands, and, in particular, to the need for more housing in the south east. With its established hard and social infrastructure we believe Kings Hill is well placed to accommodate further, carefully designed, residential-led development and this will be part of the masterplan review.

“The focus will be the area of vacant land adjacent to Kings Hill Avenue running down to the latest Hillreed development, Cathcart Gate. Clearly, we will need to consider the provision of any new infrastructure that is needed to properly accommodate any change going forward including, for example, schooling. Representatives from Kent County Council’s Education Department will also be present.”

Following the open day, the development team will look at the suggestions with a view to incorporating as many as possible into a revised masterplan. There will be further opportunities to provide feedback over the following months for anyone who is unable to attend the public consultation, or who has further thoughts. A dedicated email address has been created to channel those ideas: futuredevelopment@kings-hill.com

Liberty will then share the collective ideas with Kings Hillians, who will have further opportunities to comment.

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