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Chatham Waters first phase wins detailed approval

by Jim Dunton Fri 20 September 2013, 12:26 pm

Developer Peel Holdings has been given the go-ahead for the revised first phase of its Chatham Waters scheme.

The decision by Medway Council’s planning committee gives detailed approval for a new supermarket with a 4,165 sq metre sales floor, along with a car park and petrol station at the Chatham Docks site.

Later phases of the 17.9ha development are expected to include up to 950 apartments, offices, student housing, hotels, an education facility, a conference centre, and new landscaped public areas.

In June, planning committee members rejected an earlier phase one scheme that featured a pub, hotel, and coffee shop - those elements were removed from the revised first phase approved last week.

Peel said the new Asda and petrol station would create around 400 jobs, while other phase one work would see major improvements to the area’s roads and landscaping of the site.

Development director James Whittaker said the firm was excited about being able to start on the development in the coming months.

“The Chatham Waters scheme will regenerate and breathe new life into a significant area of the dockland in Kent and give the region a real economic boost,” he said.

“This will be a wholly privately funded development that includes major environmental, infrastructure – including highways – and social improvements.

“This approval paves the way for the remainder of the outline scheme to be brought forward.”

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