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Homes plan approved for former police station

Thu 1 September 2011, 12:20 pm

Medway Council has approved plans for a new 45-home residential development on the site of the former police station in Rochester.
The eyesore station was demolished following the construction of new headquarters for Medway police at Chatham Maritime.
Developer Jones Homes was given the go ahead for its proposals at a meeting of the councilís planning committee last week.

A planning officer's report into the scheme said: "It is considered that the proposal would result in a development that is appropriate for its context and is acceptable in terms of design and appearance, residential amenities and parking."

Approval is subject to Jones Homes contributing £91,000 towards improving local parks and play areas, plus £82,000 towards primary school education.
It will also be required to provide 27 per cent of the development as affordable housing

The scheme comprises 12 two-bedroom, eight three-bedroom and 12 four-bedroom houses plus 13 two-bed flats.

The height of the development will be between two and three storeys with frontages on Cazeneuve Street, Kings Street, Union Street and East Row, with a central parking court.

The officer's report added: "The use of terraces of two and three storey houses which are placed around the perimeter of the site and directly address the four streets onto which they front are considered to provide a much better layout of development than the previous police station building."

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