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Gov't gives green light to Chatham Docks plan

Wed 19 September 2012, 2:13 pm

Ministers have signalled their approval for the £650 million Chatham Waters development at Chatham Docks, paving the way for construction to start next year.

The scheme will see more than 900 homes, offices, a hotel, an “EventCity” conference centre, educational facilities, a supermarket and a civic square constructed at the 26-acre site.

Medway Council approved the scheme from site owners Peel Land and Property at a meeting in July.

And this week Communities Secretary Eric Pickles signalled the development would not be called in for further scrutiny because of its size - a move that amounts to clear government backing for the plan.

Peel development director James Whittaker said the proposals would breathe new life into a significant area of the dockland and give the region a real economic boost.

“We have started to prepare detailed plans for the first phase and we hope to be start building on the site next year,” he said.

Medway Council leader Rodney Chambers said the decision represented a major step forward for the regeneration of the borough, and was a clear indication of the area’s attractiveness for developers.

“Not only will it create thousands of jobs for residents in the near future, but it will provide opportunities for future growth and unrivalled facilities for residents and visitors alike to enjoy and benefit from.” he said.

Indigo Planning, Planit ie, Traffic Transport & Highway Consultancy and 5 Plus Architects are advising Peel on the scheme.

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