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Chatham future

Photo of a birds-eye view of Chatham WaterfrontA two-year programme of major road and infrastructure improvements started in February 2009 has opened up key sites for redevelopment.

This is an essential element of the 20-year regeneration programme that will establish Chatham as the commercial and a transformed cultural city centre for Medway. The road improvements have the public support of leading businesses, including Arriva, Tesco and the Pentagon Shopping Centre.




Chatham Waterfront Bus Station

Artist's impression of the new bus station in ChathamChatham Waterfront Bus Station opened on Monday, 10 October 2011.

With its modern, sleek design and open surroundings the new facility presents a much more welcoming reception to the bustling heart of Medway.

Services run from the station seven days a week serving destinations across Medway and Kent.




Union Street

Computer generated image of pedestrian crossing on The Brook by Union Street in Chatham

This is a key scheme for the regeneration of Chatham town centre. Widening and straightening Union Street and improving its junctions with New Road, Best Street, High Street and the Brook has increased traffic capacity for existing road users and will allow future regeneration. New and improved public spaces will be created on the High Street and Best Street and improved crossings provided for pedestrians. 

This scheme includes a westbound bus lane from Upbury Way to Union Street. This was brought into use on 21, February 2011. General traffic from Luton Arches is encouraged to use the A2 New Road and Union Street for access to The Brook.




Improvements to the Brook

Photo of The Brook, ChathamThis is an important scheme for the regeneration of Chatham town centre. The existing road has beenwidened on its north side to improve traffic capacity, pedestrian and cycle facilities. The scheme includes new landscaping and improvements to the appearance of the street to provide a foundation for future development. 






Waterfront Way/High Street

Photo of Waterfront WayThe new bus and taxi route and refurbishment of the High Street has made the west end of Chatham town centre a much more attractive place to be. 











Chatham Waterfront

Chatham Waterfront development artists impressionThere are future plans for a mixed-use scheme on The Waterfront at Medway Street.

The project will include retail and residential uses grouped around new public spaces between Medway Street and the Waterfront Park.

An exhibition about outline plans for the site was held at Chatham Community Hub on Thursday, 25 November 2010. A leaflet (pdf 300KB) produced for the exhibition gives an idea of the potential layout of the development.




Queen Street/Slickett Hill

Outline planning application has been approved for new homes and shops on The Brook on the site of the current Queen Street and Slicketts Hill car parks. In November 2009 people were invited to study and comment on the proposals ahead of the submission of the planning application. The proposals draw on the ambitions of the 2008 Chatham Centre and Waterfront Development Brief.

Artist's impression of proposed Queen Street developmentArtist's impression of proposed Queen Street development


Best Street/High Street Master plan Consultation

Computer-generated image of the Best Street and High Street area of ChathamStep by step, the exciting transformation of Chatham into a major regional shopping centre is progressing.

The proposed master plan, highlights extra shopping space covering the equivalent of three football pitches, went out for consultation in Summer 2010.






Gunwharf Master planBirds-eye view of the Gun Wharf area of Chatham with the boundary of the masterplan area outlined in red

Medway Council commissioned a team of consultants to prepare a master plan for the Gun Wharf area of Chatham.

The master plan will become a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) that will guide development in the Gun Wharf area.








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For more information contact Medway Regeneration by telephone: 01634 306000 or by email: info@medway.gov.uk

Write to: Medway Regeneration, Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR