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£400m Rochester Riverside project set to be given green light by Medway Council this week

PUBLISHED: 13:22 23 October 2017 | UPDATED: 13:22 23 October 2017

Rochester Riverside

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Outline permission for the entire project is being sought as well as full permission for the development’s first three phases

A £400m development at Rochester Riverside is set to be given planning permission by Medway Council this week.

Countryside Properties (UK) Ltd & The Hyde Group, chosen by the local authority to deliver up to 1,400 homes as part of a flagship project, submitted the application in July and will be discussed by members of the council’s planning committee on Wednesday.

The document is referred to as a ‘hybrid’ planning application, meaning bosses are seeking outline permission for the entire project, as well as full permission for the first three phases of the development.

This consists of 489 homes and a hotel, along with 885 sq m of commercial floorspace, site access, parking, open space and landscaping.

Project chiefs want outline permission for the full 1,400 homes, a primary school and nursery as well as a pedestrian footbridge.

The council is recommended to approve the application, subject to the applicant entering into a Section 106 obligation to secure appropriate infrastructure and facilities to complement the development.

In total, the council wants commitment to 25 per cent affordable housing over the entire site, £4.5m towards future maintenance of the River Wall, construction of the school and nursery to be completed by 2021, within a budget of £4.5m, as well as a £2.8m contibution towards secondary and sixth form education.

It also wants £2m towards improvements to off site open space, £655,130 towards improving local health facilities, £655,000 towards local community facilities, £214,592 towards upgrading waste services, £313,012 towards deterring birds from landing, roosting and nesting on the site, and £55,486 towards controlled parking zones.

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