Knight Frank launch Chaucer School development site to market

Knight Frank launches the former Chaucer School site in Canterbury to market, with a £23m GDV residential development opportunity.

The residential development site in Canterbury that has been launched to market by Knight Frank | Kent County Council | BTR News
The residential development site in Canterbury that has been launched to market by Knight Frank.

Acting on behalf of Kent County Council, the Residential Development Land team of property consultancy Knight Frank has launched a prime residential development site to market, suitable for Build to Rent.

Formerly known as Chaucer School, the 4.2-acre development site marks an exceptional residential development opportunity with a GDV of £23m. The Chaucer School site, part of the draft Canterbury District Local Plan 2020, has received a positive pre-application response for a residential-led scheme, encompassing a minimum of 70 residential homes, including 30% allocated for affordable housing.

“We are pleased to have appointed Knight Frank to commence marketing on this rare and prominent development opportunity in Canterbury. The pre-application supports residential development for the site but alternatively could provide some much-needed student accommodation within Canterbury.”

Niral Patel, Disposal, Acquisition and Investment Surveyor, Kent County Council

The concept design has been prepared by DHA Architects and envisions the residential scheme including a mix of 43 houses and 27 apartments. The layout incorporates a blend of one- to four-bedroom homes, each with allocated parking spaces and private gardens.

The site is located one mile from Canterbury City Centre, a historical city known for its UNESCO world heritage site Canterbury Cathedral. The site is also well connected and is a ten-minute drive from Canterbury West and Canterbury East train stations, providing direct services to central London. Major employment areas such as Maidstone and Rochester are also accessible within an hour by road and public transport.

“We are thrilled to bring this exceptional development opportunity to market, showcasing the vast potential of the former Chaucer School site. This project presents a unique opportunity for both residential and student accommodation, which will once completed, contribute to the growth and vitality of Canterbury. The site’s strategic location will not only meet the accommodation needs of the community, but it will also potentially have a positive impact on Canterbury’s residential and educational offerings for its current and future residents.”

Aimée Pritchard-Davies, Partner in the City & East Land team, Knight Frank

A student scheme has also been proposed, which will comprise 597-beds distributed across four buildings.