On Friday, Michael opened The Vales, a new affordable housing development near Bat & Ball Station in Sevenoaks.
The development is owned by Moat Homes, which has worked in collaboration with SDC to build 11 new properties. The properties are a mixture of shared ownership and affordable rent homes.
Michael spoke to the assembled guests, which included representatives from SDC and Moat and several of the new residents. He congratulated Moat on the development, which is built on the site of the former ambulance station, before joining guests for a tour of the new properties.
Michael said: “I was delighted to open The Vales. We need more housing in Sevenoaks but we also want to protect our environment and the Green Belt. This innovative scheme is an example of how collaboration between councils and developers is reinforcing the bottom rung of the housing ladder, helping young families to work towards owning their own home.”
Keen to get back to constituency work, Michael held his first Advice Surgery after the General Election. It was a full evening on Friday, meeting constituents who need his support.
Later, Michael called in to inspect the exhibition of the designs for a new Community and Conference Centre in the Bat & Ball area of Sevenoaks. Sevenoaks Town Council and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Competitions announced a shortlist for the competition recently. You can see the designs and provide feedback on the five concept designs which have been shown anonymously by 11.59pm on Monday 18th May here. The judging panel will shortly make its recommendation to the Town Council and the winning design will be publicly announced on 8th June 2015.
Once the preferred concept design has been chosen then a more detailed plan for both interior and exterior will be produced in approximately 6 months.