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24/07/2017

1,400-home application submitted in Kent

Words: Laura Edgar
Rochester Riverside CGI / Press release

An outline planning application for up to 1,400 homes and 1,200 square metres of commercial space has been submitted to Medway Council.

Housebuilder Countryside Properties and housing association Hyde submitted the £400 million application, which is for Rochester Riverside.

The outline application includes provision for a primary school, pedestrian footbridge, parking, open space and landscaping.

Full planning permission is being sought for phases one, two and three of the development. These would see the construction of 489 homes and a hotel, as well as 885 square metres of commercial floors space, sites access, parking and open space.

Rochester Riverside forms part of Medway Council’s regeneration programme, and the site comprises 21 hectares of brownfield land between Rochester Bridge and Doust Way. Medway Council and the Homes and Communities Agency own the land.

The council selected Countryside and Hyde to regenerate the area, including the provision of 1,400 homes – 25 per cent of which should be affordable.

Consultation undertaken before submission suggests that high-quality materials, green spaces and community amenities, as well as effective integration with the existing town centre, are important to the community.

Andy Fancy, operations director at Countryside Partnerships South, said: “This is a hugely exciting scheme and we are thrilled to be working together with Hyde to bring this planning application forward. Rochester Riverside is a crucial component in Medway’s regeneration plan, which is delivering quality homes and much-needed amenities for local residents.”

David Gannicott, group business development director at Hyde, said the project is a “great opportunity” to help tackle the housing shortage in the South-East.

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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