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First Time Buyers favour Faversham in award scheme

Anderson has scooped a prestigious award for its innovative 131-acre housing development at Faversham Lakes after impressing judges with its start-up homes.

The company was named as Best Large Development in the national First Time Buyer Readers’ Awards for the ambitious project which includes 330 two, three, four and five bedroom contemporary homes set in a vast country park.

The scheme won the praise of judges for expanding on the concept of boundless living. Its houses embrace spacious open-plan design as well as the idea of bringing the outside in.


Project Manager Alan Clarke, who was recognised by the National House Building Council (NHBC) for excellence in on-site management at its annual Pride in the Job awards for the same development last month, said the project not only had “exceptional homes” but created a sense of community too.

“Winning this award is a huge triumph for the whole team,” he said. “Faversham Lakes offers excellent transport links, education provision and community assets which all tie into the development ethos of ‘room to grow, room to play and room to live’.

“Throughout we’ve placed focus on building extremely well-designed homes and enhanced existing community facilities as well as adding in further elements in the plan.”

These include redeveloping the former Oare gunpowder works and bringing forward the remaining listed buildings as a heritage centre and several retail units.

Other community assets include a scout troop headquarters, an extended car park for the local school and a community theatre.

The First Time Buyer Readers’ Award for Best Large Development was sponsored by LSL Land & New Homes.

Anderson was shortlisted alongside five other companies, all of which had developments of more than 80 homes. They are also providing additional facilities to benefit the local community and

surrounding neighbourhoods. These homes are in large developments in a mixed-tenure environment, or stand-alone developments.

Affordable housing

Glenn Potter, Managing Director of the Anderson Development Business, said: “We are very proud to have won this award.

“This development presents superb opportunities for first time buyers with 35% affordable housing included. There are also a range of size options, price points and access to the Help to Buy scheme.

“The works will include the restoration of eight on-site listed buildings and the creation of an ecologically-rich and biodiverse public country park. Two local roads will be upgraded and realigned and a new school car park will be built.”

The 100-acre parkland on the site is teeming with wildlife habitats, designated footpaths, reedbeds, lagoons, bird hides and orchards.