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Peel reveals further Chatham Waters details

Thu 28 March 2013, 3:55 pm

Peel Land and Property has submitted precise details of the first phase of its 14ha redevelopment of Chatham Docks, as part of a reserved-matters planning application.

Chatham Waters: first detailed application submitted

The £650 million Chatham Waters project – granted outline planning permission by Medway Council last year – is expected to create around 3,000 jobs and includes up to 950 new homes, student accommodation, hotels, conference, and education facilities.

Peel’s latest submission seeks approval for details relating to a 6,810 sq m Asda supermarket and filling station, a Marston’s pub and separate 27-bedroom hotel, a “glass pavilion” coffee shop, and the development’s centrepiece Chatham Central Park.

In a statement to planning officers, Peel said the first phase of the project would “set the scene” for the development by delivering a “significant proportion” of the park, which will form a spine for the development.

“This positive move to realise the park at this early phase will play a key role in announcing the development along Pier Road,” the firm said.

“The park, including the new lake, will be at the heart of Chatham Waters both literally and figuratively speaking. It will be characterised by contrasting but complementary areas of lawn and meadowland surrounding the water body.”

Peel added that the Asda store, which is estimated to create 400-450 jobs, was the “key commercial driver” for the whole Chatham Waters scheme.

A decision on the reserved-matters application is expected to be made by council officers using delegated powers.

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