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Rochester Riverside: Planning permission for 1,400 homes as part of £400m scheme submitted

PUBLISHED: 09:13 21 July 2017

Rochester Riverside

Rochester Riverside

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Medway project is flagship for local council and will transform large section of Rochester

A planning application for a £400 million development at Rochester Riverside has finally been submitted.

The redevelopment of the area has been in discussion for years and is described as a flagship project in Medway Council’s on-going regeneration programme.

Now it has formally submitted an outline planning application to build up to 1,400 homes and create 1,200sq m of commercial space. It follows a string of public consultations.

The outline planning application includes provision for a primary school and nursery, as well as a pedestrian footbridge, parking, open space and landscaping. In total, over four hectares of new open space will be provided across the masterplan.

Full planning permission is being sought for phases one, two and three of the development, which will see the construction of 489 homes and a hotel, along with 885 sq m of commercial floorspace, site access, parking, open space and landscaping.

Rochester Riverside is a flagship project in Medway Council’s regeneration programme.

The site comprises 21 hectares of brownfield development land, stretching from Rochester Bridge in the north to Doust Way in the south.

Countryside Properties and Hyde have been selected to transform the area over the next 12 years, building around 1,400 new homes, of which 25 per cent will be affordable housing.

Neil Miller, senior development manager for Thames Gateway at the government’s Homes and Communities Agency, who owns the land along with Medway Council, said: “Countryside and Hyde have put together an impressive proposal for the site that takes into account the opinions of local stakeholders. We are looking forward to working with them to transform this derelict area of Rochester and are committed to ensuring the development meets our aims of providing high quality homes, including genuinely affordable housing.”

Rodney Chambers, Medway’s Council’s portfolio holder for inward investment, strategic regeneration and partnership said: “I look forward to seeing how the feedback from the public engagement events have been weaved into the plans.

“The proposed development is set to boost the local economy providing new jobs, shops and facilities and helping us to meet the needs of Medway’s growing population.”

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