Proposed Affordable Rural Housing in Chiddingstone Parish

Welcome to the online consultation pages from English Rural.

Here you can read information about who we are, find out about our proposals, read FAQs and give us your feedback.

You can also register your interest in living in one of our homes.

Some of the English Rural Team

About English Rural

English Rural is a specialist non-profit rural housing association, established in 1991. We only build and manage homes in village locations, principally across the south of England. All the homes we build are community-led and designed to benefit local people. We are also one of the leading national advocates on affordable rural housing issues, with HRH The Princess Royal as our Patron.

Generally speaking, we develop our homes on ‘rural exception sites’. This enables us to ensure they are affordable and secured for local people – forever. Our residents and the local community are at the heart of what we do.

Affordable doesn’t mean poor quality. Our homes are designed and built to high standards, usually using local design features and ensuring that their environmental impact is minimal. We build beautiful homes that villages can be proud of and our homes consistently win awards for design and construction.

To find out more about us and to see our past and current developments please visit:

What Is Proposed?

We are proposing to design, build and manage a small development at Chequers Hill of eight affordable rented homes for local people. The scheme would comprise the following homes:

  • 2x one bedroom flats;

  • 2x two bedroom flats;

  • 3x two bedroom houses; and

  • 1x three bedroom house

In addition, 3x three bedroom open market homes are proposed. These will provide valuable cross-subsidy for the affordable homes.

Visit the 'Visuals' page to view sketch ideas of what the scheme might look like.

Proposed Location

Please refer to our FAQs to learn how this site was selected.

The proposed site is located to the West of Chequers Barn. Access would be from the existing drive that connects Chequers Barn with the B2027. The proposed site is largely secluded from view from the North, South and West by established trees and hedges. The existing office building largely screens the site from the East. The development site is approximately 1.2 acres in size and comprises a relatively flat grassed field that is not farmed. The existing public right of way connects the site to the footpath network to the West.

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Community Benefits

Watch a video on the benefits that affordable rural homes bring to communities. Meet an English Rural resident who explains how she, her family and the local community have benefitted from being able to live in an affordable rural home.

Click on the video to play.

Learn more about our proposals, read FAQs and give us your feedback.

You can also register your interest in living in one of our homes.

The Feedback page is now closed. Your valued comments will be considered by the Parish Council at their next meeting on the 22nd September. Please check back for an update soon. In the Interim please refer to our 'Response to Feedback' page.