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Redrow acquires Kent sites for 987 new homes in Rainham and Manston

A developer has bought two new sites in Kent to build nearly 1,000 new homes.

Redrow has completed the sale on Manston Green, near Thanet Airfield where it has already secured clearance for up to 785 homes, and Manor Court in Rainham for a further 200 properties.

A typical Redrow street in a nearby development in Herne Bay as the homebuilder targets Rainham and Manston

A third of the 93-acre Manston Green site will remain open green space and 30% of the homes will be affordable housing.

The development will also include a range of amenities including a primary school, retail unit and community building.

As part of the company’s Section 106 deal, it will contribute £6 million to community facilities and infrastructure in the area, through projects including major road works due later this year and the new Thanet Parkway station, which is under construction.

From the station, which will be just a five-minute drive from the development, passengers will be able to reach London directly in less than an hour. The station is expected to be operational in May 2023.

Glen Wells, land manager of Redrow South East, said: “Manston Green represents our first site in the Thanet district and is of local importance, adjacent to the former Manston Airport.

“We look forward to delivering a significant number of homes in an area which is becoming increasingly popular with all types of buyers looking to live closer to the Kent coast whilst being well connected to London.”

The other parcel in Rainham will have 25% affordable housing.

Lower Rainham Road’s 23 acres can accommodate up to 202 homes, with over four acres of open green space.

Redrow is also investing more than £2m as part of its Section 106 deal.

The company says it will help modernize sustainable transport in Rainham, the town’s center of healthy living, by investing in the library and increasing school capacity and facilities.

What the Phase Two layout could look like at Manston Green.  Photo: Cogent Land LLP/OSP Architecture
What the Phase Two layout could look like at Manston Green. Photo: Cogent Land LLP/OSP Architecture

The site is close to Riverside Country Park, which has walking and cycling trails along the water.

It’s also less than a mile from the train station, with trains that can reach London in under an hour.

Mr Wells added: “We are delighted to continue our presence in Rainham, where our former Manor Court community is almost exhausted.

“The area is rich in amenities, close to the River Medway and plenty of green space, making it a versatile and attractive area to live, especially for young couples and families.”