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£75 million Gravesham housing scheme: phase two

PUBLISHED: 12:08 11 March 2011

Christianfields, Cary-Ann, centre, with partner Alan Wells, left, and Cllr Pritchard

Christianfields, Cary-Ann, centre, with partner Alan Wells, left, and Cllr Pritchard

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Residents have started moving in to the second phase of a £75 million residential redevelopment.

The three-phase regeneration project in Christian Fields, Gravesend, aims to provide modern, affordable homes.

One of the first people to move into a property in phase two was mother-of-three Cary-Ann Paulzeen of Palmer Avenue.

Cary-Ann, 35, said: “I have been waiting years and years for a home like this. The end result is marvellous and we’re all extremely happy.”

Some 210 council houses were built at Christian Fields in the late 1940s to meet the post-war housing demand.

However, by the 1990s the community was in serious decline as many homes had passed their life span and were beyond economic repair.

The area had also gained a reputation for some anti-social behaviour and criminal activity.

Completion of part one was celebrated with a traditional street party in July 2008, when local residents moved into new homes.

The homes they left behind were demolished and the second phase properties were built on those sites.

Now the homes of local residents moving onto the second phase will be demolished, and new homes of the third phase will be built on those sites.

Each phase takes about 18 months to two years of building work and about six months of people moving in.

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