We consider that the land promoted at Hartley would deliver genuine community benefits that will be inclusive for all.
The benefits are wide reaching and will improve the lives of the youngest members of the community through to the senior population.
The masterplan shows provision of a purpose-built 3-form entry Primary School, Nursery and Special Education Needs (SEN) Academy.
The need for a new Academy has been established following discussions with Leigh Academies Trust and Kent County Council. The Trust is very keen to find new and modern accommodation for Hartley Primary Academy.
The Trust also wishes to increase and improve pre-school nursery provision, but is currently limited by the existing temporary facilities.
The Milestone Academy, which is an SEN school recognised by Ofsted as ‘outstanding’, is also in need of significant investment. Discussions with the Trust have clarified the benefits of a shared primary and SEN school in Hartley.
Hartley Primary Academy, also graded as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted is heavily oversubscribed, with parking and access issues due to its location.
Relocation gives an opportunity to create ample parking and dedicated pupil drop-off/collection access, minimising disruption to the remainder of the school and surrounding residential areas.
The new academy would have formal and informal play and recreation areas and a Multi-Use Games Area (with potential for dual use of the adjacent Corinthian Sports Club facilities).
Corinthians Sports Club is a family-friendly sports club with immaculately kept facilities including football pitches, golf course and foot golf, a sports clubhouse, members lounge, function room and children’s day care nursery.
Upon expansion, Corinthian Sports Club would provide:
Hartley Country Park would cover an area of 14 hectares with woodland walks and new grassland with scenic views.
The park would be home to numerous leisure pursuits for the whole family, including community events, picnic areas, children’s equipped play areas and trim trails.
Community facilities in the form of modest car parking, toilets and a small cafe could also be provided here. New footpaths would connect with existing routes and Public Rights of Way.
The enhanced sports facilities would be next to a new community centre providing a hub and venue for local residents and groups.
Informal recreation areas would also be provided around the grounds of the sports club and through the creation of a new Country Park.
A 7-day-a-week, 8am - 8pm, health care centre is proposed in response to local needs.
In response to the constraints set out by the Hartley Parish Plan regarding Castle Hill, an alternative northern relief road is proposed to prevent use of Castle Hill for those travelling between Hartley and the A20.
A new access is proposed on Valley Road and Ash Road providing a new southern link to the village with improved access to the Corinthians Sports Hub.
There would also be a series of new pedestrian footpaths as part of the Country Park, with increased surveillance and upgrades to existing Public Rights of Way for improved access to Longfield Station. Billings Group has just improved the parking provision for the station and there are now on average over 100 additional untaken spaces per day.
We are also liaising with Network Rail and SouthEastern in respect of the South East Route Strategic Plan to ensure Longfield continues to have fast trains to Victoria and appropriate capacity is provided for local commuters.
Business owners will benefit from new opportunities to take up incubator units in the established and enhanced Gaydawn Farm Business complex.