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One or two members of Leybourne Chase's wildlife population will be excited about the upcoming trick-or-treat season at Taylor Wimpey's development in West Malling.

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  • Among the animals sharing the attractive grounds of the former 18th century manor house with property owners at the development in West Malling is a number of bats living in a purpose-built bat box.

    And along with the site's native slowworms and reptiles, these winged mammals will be counting down the days till Halloween when they can really enjoy Leybourne Chase's 140 acres of wood and parkland.

    Fiona Creed, regional sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey, says: "The fabulous grounds surrounding this development of new build homes in West Malling make it extremely popular with house hunters seeking a tranquil but well-connected place to live.

    "And this stunning location is proving popular with more than just discerning home seekers looking for stylish properties in West Malling - as the growing wildlife population proves."

    Set within the leafy grounds of the former Leybourne Grange manor house and hospital, Leybourne Chase is a flagship village development in West Malling.

    Among the conservation projects carried out during the construction of the development include the installation of numerous bat and bird boxes set in the existing wooded areas.

    A dormouse bridge has been constructed to connect the habitats either side of the new road leading to the development from the A20, enabling the tiny creatures to cross safely.

    Meanwhile, purpose-built tunnels for watervoles have been installed either side of a new culvert to Leybourne Stream, giving them continued access to the riverbank.

    There is a superb range of properties available to purchase at Leybourne Chase, including two bedroom apartments priced from as little as £169,995, three bedroom houses from just £249,995 and four bedroom detached houses priced from only £399,995.

    Nearly two thirds of the development site - some 140 acres - will be preserved as green open space for recreation and leisure, including parks, recreation grounds, fields, children's playgrounds, sports pitches, a newly-opened 'trim trail' footpaths, community allotments, a lake and an arboretum.

    In time, the development will also enjoy a good selection of local amenities, including a community centre, a convenience store and a health centre.

    Local facilities already within easy reach include infant and junior schools, shops and pubs, while nearby Aylesford is home to a wider choice of shopping and schools for youngsters of all ages.

    For commuters, West Malling railway station is just over a mile from the development and provides regular services to London Victoria. Maidstone is only seven miles away by road, while quick links to the M20 means central London is within easy reach.

    The redevelopment at Leybourne Chase forms part of the Hospital Sites Programme run by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), the national housing and regeneration agency, to bring 96 former hospital sites back into productive use. As well as working with Taylor Wimpey to develop the site, the HCA is providing funding to ensure new and affordable homes are available for the local community.

    Some information contained herein may have changed since it was first published. SmartNewHomes strongly advises you to seek current legal and/or financial advice from a qualified professional.

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