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Revised Chatham bus station design wins council approva

Chatham is to get a £5 million bus station paid for by the Homes and Communities Agency out of funds earmarked for Thames Gateway regeneration projects.

Medway Council last week gave planning permission for the project after designs were altered following public consultation to reduce the number of trees that must be felled to make way for it. (Sourced from Planning Resource.)
 

Council approves flats – through gritted teeth

Plans for a £14 million, 92-flat building at the former Ashbys Yard, on Wharf Road, were begrudgingly approved by borough councillors on Monday.

But they said the green light was only given because "their hands were tied behind their backs" and "they couldn't think of a legitimate planning reason to turn it down."(Sourced from thisiskent.)
 

United House Medway

Specialist house builder reveals contract wins with Places for People, Medway Council and Enfield Homes.

United House has won three new contracts worth over £18m for Decent Homes refurbishment.(Sourced from building.co.uk.)
 

Public consultation on conservation area

Medway residents are being asked to contribute their opinions on proposed changes to Rochester’s conservation area.

The new draft review of the area seeks to develop ways to preserve and appreciate the town’s areas of historic interest.

Historic business centre celebrates

The Joiners Shop in The Historic Dockyard Chatham is celebrating its successful first year of operation - with 80% of its 44 units now occupied.
 
The 200-year old building is Grade II* listed and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. It has a colourful history and its most recent incarnation is as a specialist Centre for Creative Industries. It opened in January 2009 and is already home to 38 businesses.

Minister tours Medway

Thames Gateway minister Shahid Malik MP visited Medway to see progress on key schemes in a regeneration programme now valued at £6 billion.
 
First stop was Medway Park, a training base for athletes in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics and a regional centre of sporting excellence after the Games. The running track is ready, the sports hall under construction, the £11 million project ahead of schedule.

Ahead of the game

Medway Park, which is being created on the site of the former Black Lion Leisure Centre in Gillingham, will be completed in February 2010.
 
Just two months later it will host the Modern Pentathlon World Cub - the first global sporting event to ever be staged in Medway, featuring a host of world and Olympic medallists.

Checking in to Medway

Two years ago Medway had no major hotels. Now there's the prospect of a £50m investment on five sites.
 
Plans for two new Medway hotels have been given the go-ahead recently.
 
One application is for a five-storey, 110-bed hotel site on Corporation Street, Rochester. The other is for a 121-bed Premier Inn at Medway Valley Park in Strood.

£9 million amassed for for social regeneration

Alongside Medway's physical regeneration, there's a multi-million-pound social regeneration programme.
 
Together with Medway Council's Housing Services, the Social Regeneration Service has attracted £9 million of external funding which is being used to help disadvantaged neighbourhoods and local unemployed residents.

Hyde set to go onsite at Riverside

Housebuilder The Hyde Group is preparing the first phase of a 40-unit Extra Care Sheltered Housing scheme at Rochester Riverside. Work is expected to start onsite next year.
 
Updating Medway1 magazine on progress at its developments, Hyde said work is also set to start onsite with 17 new apartments and houses for affordable and intermediate rent at Taylor Wimpey Developments' Christmas Street scheme.

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