Go-ahead for Impact’s new eco-village in Kent 🌱

January 17, 2023

Impact Smart Homes, part of our end-to-end integrated platform, has achieved a long-awaited planning consent for its sustainable scheme in Sevenoaks.

The development was approved last month after a successful appeal against Sevenoaks Council’s previous planning decision. The scheme was initially refused following NIMBY objections despite Officers and all Consultees, including the Town Council, recommending approval of the much-needed sustainable housing scheme.  

The Impact project aims to deliver net-zero-ready housing in line with the Future Buildings Standard, and promote the concept of healthy, low-energy, inclusive living. 

Inspired by the ’15-minute’ city, Sevenoaks promises to transform an abandoned brownfield site in Kent into an aspirational and innovative residential neighbourhood for families, couples, and individuals alike.

The project, located close to the town centre, will consist of 56 private 1- and 2-bedroom apartments with private balconies, and offer a range of residential amenities, such as a landscaped communal garden square, smart-home technology, cycle storage, and an electric car club for residents. 

To reassure sustainability of the site, this Build to Rent (BTR) scheme incorporates the use of renewable energy, radiant heating, home automation, and intelligent use systems.  

Sevenoaks will be delivered via modern methods of construction (MMC), reducing delivery timescales, noise, and community disruption, whilst providing a building made from sustainable materials.

Impact Smart Homes are set to commence the build in Q1 2023 with the expected completion date of Q4 2024.  

Robert Whitton, our Founder and Chairman, said: 

“We aim to curate smart habitats that allow us to practice our values; addressing the need to care for the environment, encourage social cohesion, promote wellness and answer to housing needs.  

Having researched Sevenoaks and its local ambitions, we felt that our aspirations in making a positive impact are perfectly aligned. And so we directed our focus on the design, planning and delivery of Sevenoaks Pinehurst, a new eco-community which is both transformational and inspiring.

It is a shame that older local politicians struggled to notice the benefits of this magnificent scheme and address the needs of the younger silent majority who want new green homes to be built in town centres.

With the planning permission now in place, we cannot wait to bring our vision to life.”

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