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Green light for Chatham Docks transformation

Thu 2 August 2012, 11:19 am

Medway Council has given the go-ahead to plans by developer Peel Land & Property to redevelop the 14ha Chatham Docks.

A meeting of the council's planning committee last night voted to allow outline permission for the scheme, which will come forward in a number of phases and provide a mixed-use redevelopment of the site of approximately 1.9 million sq. ft.

A report by planning officers said: " The scheme would result in the loss of port capacity and employment land and as such is contrary to the provisions of policies ED1 and ED9 of the Medway local plan 2009, together with emerging policies in the core strategy (which are material considerations)."

But it said that the number of new jobs created, as well as the fact the river would be opened up to the public, outweighed the loss of port capacity.

The plans include a commercial heart incorporating office space, education facilities and a hotel, alongside up to 950 homes, landscaped public areas and a foodstore. The developer says it could create approximately 3,500 jobs.

The council's decision follows two years of discussion with Medway Council and a public consultation in September 2011.

Peel requested that outline planning approval lasted for 15 years but the council granted it 10 in order to encourage delivery of the project.

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