Client: Southern Grove
Canterbury City Council

The Willows, located near Whitstable, will comprise 42 houses and 12 apartments. Southern Grove said the development will meet increasing demand from London workers looking to move out of the city into the commuter belt. Designed by On Architecture, the scheme will be located between Whitstable and Herne Bay, and will be just a five-minute drive from the coast. It is the second scheme Southern Grove has launched this year, following plans for a £7m development of mews houses in Enfield revealed at the beginning of the month. “Whitstable is a beautiful location on the Kent coast,” said Southern Grove chief executive Tom Slingsby. “With wonderful surroundings and less than an hour and half from London Victoria, this is exactly the kind of location that will benefit from a rise in demand for larger homes outside of London.”

“Covid-19 has already been credited with fundamentally altering buyers’ working lifestyles and their property priorities. These shifts will have the power to improve local economies across the Home Counties. “At the same time, areas like this will need to keep up with demand in order to moderate house price increases but we know local authorities won’t just be focused on the numbers. Planning departments are going to be keeping an eagle eye on the quality as well as the numbers of new homes. We’re confident that The Willows will set a high bar for others to follow in terms of design and we look forward to bringing this opportunity forward.”