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Council moves on Rochester Riverside decision

Thu 23 July 2015, 5:40 pm

Medway Council has revealed it is narrowing its list of possible development partners for the Rochester Riverside scheme and hopes to make a decision by the autumn.

Working with the Homes and Communities Agency, the authority says five developers are still in contention, but that it is in the process of narrowing these down to a choice of three. Each will be issued with an ‘invitation to continue negotiations’.

The scheme is a residential-led mixed-use project comprising 21 hectares of land with a 2.5 km river frontage. The council’s development brief, adopted in September 2014, promotes the delivery of 1,400 new homes, commercial office and retail space, a hotel, restaurants, primary school, community facilities and accessible waterfront. 

A key part of the development proposals is the relocation of Rochester railway station to a new site on the northern edge of Rochester Riverside. The new station will deliver a better railway experience – longer trains and a more reliable service – and will provide a new 'gateway' linking the station and Rochester High Street to the Riverside.

The council is actively working with Network Rail to support the delivery of the new station, which is due to open in December 2015.

 

 

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