Berkeley Homes brief Conservatives on Kidbrooke Village development

This week Cllr Spencer Drury, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for the Eltham constituency met with Berkeley Homes to discuss progress so far on the Kidbrooke Village and the way that they hoped the rest of the development would go. This followed a visit by Brandon Lewis MP, Minister of State for Housing and Planning to the development earlier in the week.

 

The development is now moving on to the last three phases and new planning applications aim to add 782 new homes to the total being provided in the area while maintaining substantial amount of green space in the central Kidbrooke Cator Park and nearby Sutcliffe Park.

 

In his meeting Spencer stressed how important it was for Berkeley Homes to link a greater number of units to improved transport links, including 12 carriage trains through Falconwood, Eltham and Kidbrooke stations and more buses providing a direct link to the DLR, Jubilee Line and potentially Crossrail too.  Berkeley Homes stressed how they had lengthened the platform and would continue to apply pressure to Southeastern Trains to commit to the longer trains.

 

In addition, Spencer discussed with Berkeley officials how the development might be able to provide homes for young people born and bought up in the area at a reasonable price.  There was an interesting discussion around this point, with Berkeley pointing out that 60% of buyers for the current properties came from with 5 miles of the development and over 90% of buyers were from Britain.   

Spencer said “It was a very interesting and positive meeting with Berkeley Homes this morning.  They listened to what I had to say and I felt reacted positively to my points about better transport links and providing at least some homes for young, local people buying for the first time.  While Berkeley cannot do this by themselves, homes for young people is such an important area, it would be great if they could lead the way.”

 

Brandon Lewis MP said "It was great to have the opportunity to visit the Kidbrooke Village and see the high quality development there. Ensuring that we have enough homes for future generations is vital and I'm pleased that this government and Boris Johnson are working with Berkeley Homes to provide them in Eltham."