Boughton Mount

Boughton Monchelsea, Kent

For sale by way of Informal Tender with a closing date of 12 noon on Friday 6th December 2019

Exceptional residential development site located in an attractive semi-rural location and allocated in the adopted Local Plan for around 25 dwellings.

The site is accessed off Boughton Lane, is broadly regular in shape and extends to a total of c. 4.6 ha (c. 11.3 acres) with c. 1.8 ha (c. 4.4 acres) included within the allocated developable area.

The site was originally the location of a large Country House which was ruined in a fire shortly after the Second World War. It now comprises a complex of buildings last used as a Special Education facility and partly as a KCC horticultural nursery until approximately 2010. All the buildings are located predominantly in the northern part of the site. This area represents the development site and as well as the more recent disused buildings it includes historic walled areas and a prominent water tower/barn, which Maidstone Borough Council wish to be integrated into any proposed redevelopment of the site. The southern part of the site comprises overgrown gardens and woodland as well as  a Grade II listed Ha-Ha and  Folly as well as an ornamental pond.

The site benefits from an allocation in the newly adopted Maidstone Local Plan (Policy H1 (52), thus confirming the principle of residential development at the site. Policy H1 (52) is worded as follows: ‘Boughton Mount, as shown on the policies map, is allocated for development of approximately 25 dwellings at an average density of 14 dwellings per hectare….’ Among several other detailed criteria the Policy indicates that development will be restricted to the currently developed area and any Planning Application will need to be accompanied by a viability assessment and appraisal showing the proposal is the minimum required to secure the retention and restoration of the Ha-Ha, The Folly, The Water Tower, The Barn, The Walled Garden Walls, Other Ragstone Walls and the Parkland/Garden.

In order to establish some further parameters, KCC instructed DHA Planning to submit Pre-App on the 18th October 2018.  This included a Design document setting out the attributes of the site as well as some of the constraints. It included two Concept layout plans comprising 31 and 46 no. units respectively.  Maidstone Borough Council responded on the 18th March 2019 and included detailed comments from the Conservation Officer. The response is available and is generally positive, particularly for the 31 no. units scheme.



Contact : Graeme Dowd