Thakeham Homes acquired an option over land at Medway Gardens for a small residential development of 29 new homes

Thakeham acquired 1.3 hectares of land in Burgess Hill. A former horticultural garden nursery provided an excellent opportunity for valuable new housing, close to Wivelsfield Mainline station and local amenities.

Thakeham prides itself on its wealth of in-house talent as well long-standing relationships with consultants – all of whom are instrumental in delivering quality houses. Medways Gardens was a relatively straightforward land acquisition which was handled efficiently by both inhouse and external teams, delivering a valuable mix of new homes.

Medway Gardens falls in both Lewes District and Mid Sussex District and crosses County borders, therefore consultation with all parties was required leading up to the approval of the application. Using an expert panel of consultants, Thakeham was proficient in overcoming constraints in the form of Tree preservation orders, surface water drainage and settlement boundary issues. After a period of planning promotion, detailed surveys and assessments, a full planning application for 29 homes was submitted for determination in May 2014. Gaining an Officers recommendation for approval, the application was presented to Lewes District committee just four months after submission and planning permission was successfully obtained.

Thakeham delivered a mix of 29 new homes includes desirable new bungalows, chalet bungalows and 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes. The development attracted a mix of buyers, from downsizers attracted to low maintenance bungalows, to families relocating from London, looking for space and value for money.

The Thakeham Group look forward to continuing their work in the area, with Medway Gardens leading to the development permission for a further 55 units on an adjacent site.


Fred, Julie, Gary and Sharon Martin

Happy new residents at Valeside Keep

“With Mum and Dad committed to moving, we knew it was time for a change, and in supporting them in their decision, we started to get to know Burgess Hill. We had watched as Valeside Keep took shape and saw how it delivered space, not only as a development with its lovely central green, but with the living spaces, garden sizes and even the garages.  We slowly came to realise that it could work for us too. We love it here, and it’s a real bonus that it’s enabled our family to stay close together.”

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