Plans to start building 500 new homes at Connaught Barracks in Dover have been boosted, with work expected to begin this year.
Connaught Barracks is a former Ministry of Defence site of 55 hectares acquired by the Homes and Community Agency, now known as Homes England, in 2008.
With a Land Trust owned Napoleonic fort Fort Burgoyne at its core, it is hoped the development will bring a flurry of homes for first time buyers and families to the district.
Work started on the demolition of the buildings in 2016, with outline planning permission obtained for the first 64 homes in July that year.
The demolition work was originally due for completion in spring 2017.
But unknown push-backs meant the demolition phase at the site off Dover Road has only just been completed, almost a year later.
Now, all the old buildings have been knocked down and Homes England has been approaching housing developers ahead of construction.
Bids were received for the first phase of the scheme – the Officers’ Mess – last month.
The preferred bidder is expected to be announced soon.
Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke was shown around the site by bosses from Homes England on January 19.
He said: “There is so much potential for Connaught Barracks and I’m really excited about what can be achieved.
“I have urged Homes England to use the site to offer quality homes for first time buyers and families.
“I was pleased to see things are progressing. It’s vital the construction of the much needed homes now moves forward swiftly – and that we see work begin this year.
“The people of Dover have waited a long time for this project – now it’s time to deliver.”
Source: Kent Live