North Kent Experiences Transformation with Major Housing Development by Bellway Homes near Bluewater and Dartford Crossing

Major Housing Development in North Kent Brings Changes to Bluewater and Dartford Crossing Area
A new era is dawning in north Kent as a major housing developer embarks on a project to build over 1,000 new homes near Bluewater and the Dartford Crossing.

Bellway Homes is behind the construction of four large housing estates in Greenhithe, Ebbsfleet, Swanscombe, and Northfleet. With homes ranging in price from £270,000 to £634,000, these developments are set to change the face of the area.

But who exactly is moving into these properties and who are the hard-working individuals behind their construction and sale? To find out, journalist Ben Austin visited the sites to learn more.

The first of these developments, Crossways Quarter in Greenhithe, has already begun advertising and some homes have already been occupied. The typical customers are London renters looking to get on the property ladder in an area with good transport links to the capital.

At Alkerden Heights in Swanscombe, Bellway is building 182 new homes ranging from one to four bedrooms. The first residents moved in last June and around 40 people have already followed. One such resident is Kirolina Buvoczynsko, who moved there with her partner in April from London. She explains that her partner wanted to live in an area outside of London, but still with easy access to the city for work.

The couple, originally from Poland, felt drawn to the area for its similar community feel to their hometown. Kirolina says, “We aren’t planning to move back to Poland yet, but it’s nice to have a small part of that lifestyle back here. Everyone knows everyone and it feels safe, just like back home.”

Stefan Gavrilas, a neighbor of Kirolina’s, had a similar journey to north Kent. He and his partner were originally renting in London, but due to increasing rent, they decided to move south. They were able to afford a £340,000 two-bedroom house at Alkerden Heights, which they moved into in March.

Stefan, a software engineer who works remotely, says, “It’s away from London, quieter and safer. London may be great for young people, but not for families.” He adds, “The mortgage is actually less than the rent we were paying, and even with additional expenses like life insurance and home insurance, it’s still a better value for us in the long run.”

At Crossways Quarter, sales team member Anca Ceronica shows off one of the show homes. Anca, who has a law degree, fell in love with sales while working in university and has been with Bellway since 2017. She enjoys building relationships with customers and seeing them move into their new homes.

But none of this would be possible without the hard work and dedication of project managers like Vixit Ray. Vixit, who has been a site manager for 18 years, oversees the construction efforts at Harbour Village in Northfleet. He says, “The best pleasure is when the customers move in and see the happiness on their faces. It’s a sense of pride to see people recommending the area to their friends and family.”

He also enjoys bringing his children to the site to see what he does every day. He says, “It’s a good thing for them to see and it’s exciting for them to be a part of it.”

With so many houses being built at different stages, Vixit says the site is a great place for future generations of builders to come and study. He adds, “We have students from North Kent College who come and study on the site. It’s good for them to see the practical side of it, rather than just looking at it on paper.”

As the development continues to progress, it’s clear that the Bellway Homes developments near Bluewater and the Dartford Crossing are bringing significant changes to the north Kent landscape. With a variety of homes available and a growing community, it’s an exciting time for the area.

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