Rochester Riverside gets green light
by Natalie Vincent Wed 15 November 2017, 4:39 pm
Medway Council has granted planning permission for up to 1,400 new homes at Rochester Riverside.
The council also granted outline approval for the £400 million seven-phase masterplan, alongside detailed approval for the first three phases which will deliver 489 new homes and commercial facilities, including a school, nursery and a hotel.
The redevelopment will be undertaken in a joint project by leading builder Countryside and housing provider Hyde Group.
Alan Jarrett, leader of Medway Council, said: “Rochester Riverside is a significant development in the regeneration of Medway, bringing hundreds of homes and jobs to the area.
"We are committed to providing more opportunities and affordable housing for the people of Medway and I am looking forward to seeing work begin in the new year."
The scheme has earmarked 25% of residential properties for affordable housing, with appointed architects bptw partnership creating a range of house, maisonette and apartment options.
Chris Bath, architectural director at bptw partnership, said: "Rochester Riverside is one of our largest projects to date at bptw partnership, and the result of a fulfilling collaboration with our project partners – not least Countryside, Hyde and HTA Design.
"We worked with Medway Council from the beginning: and their level of commitment to and engagement with the project was impressive, and was certainly a major contributor to the project’s success so far."
Rochester Riverside will be built in seven phases over 12 years, with completion of the entire project expected by 2030.