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£400m Rochester masterplan approved

Words: Laura Edgar
Rochester Riverside, Cory's Creek / bptw and HTA Design

Medway Council has granted outline approval for a £400 million seven-phase masterplan and detailed approval for the first three phases that will deliver 489 homes.

The mixed-use regeneration project, which connects the town to the River Medway, is being delivered by developers Countryside and the Hyde Group, while bptw partnership and HTA Design secured the approval.

Gerry Cassidy, partner, planning at bptw partnership, said: “This positive outcome is a testament to a strategic and collaborative process with Medway Council officers and the Homes and Communities Agency, which has ensured a unanimous approval from planning committee achieved within the statutory 16-week timeframe.”

Work is expected to begin later this year with the first new homes due to be completed in 2019. The site helps to meet the area’s housing need, with 25 per cent of new homes designated as affordable.

The hybrid application features designs by bptw for 459 of the total 489 homes, 885 square metres of commercial floorspace, a new 81 bed hotel next to Rochester station. They all form part of the first three phases of the Rochester Riverside development.

HTA led on the outline seven-phase masterplan for the 24.5 hectare brownfield site. On completion, the development will comprise 1,400 homes and over 8,000 square metres of non-residential floorspace, including a new primary school.

Alan Jarrett, leader of Medway Council, said: “Rochester Riverside is a significant development in the regeneration of Medway, bringing hundreds of homes and jobs to the area. There will be a school, nursery and hotel, making the new development a fantastic place to live, work, learn and visit. Rochester Riverside will sit alongside the waterfront and is a stones throw away from Rochester railway station and the historic heart of the town centre. We are committed to providing more opportunities and affordable housing for the people of Medway and I am looking forward to seeing work begin in the new year.”

Rochester Riverside will be built in seven phases over 12 years. It is expected that it will be completed by 2030.

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Image credit | bptw partnership and HTA Design