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Strood Riverside is one of Medway’s key development sites.
Priorities for the site are:
- to provide between 500 and 600 new homes;
- to develop a recreational waterfront, with new public spaces
and leisure facilities;
- to improve access to Strood station, the town centre and the
Medway City Estate;
- to provide community support facilities.
The first phase of development for Strood Riverside, including
homes and a landscaped play area called Watermill Gardens, was
completed in the 1990s.
The project is being taken forward by Medway Council in
partnership with the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA)
with funding from the Communities and Local Government (CLG).
Following the adoption of a development brief for the site, the
project team has been investigating flood defences for the site and
in July 2007, a planning application was submitted for a new river
wall stretching from Watermill Gardens to the Riverside Tavern.
Once a developer is appointed, an application for a further stretch
of river wall extending from the Riverside Tavern to the top of
Strood Dock Terminal will be submitted.
The wider strategy
The River Medway is one of Medway’s greatest assets. It provides
the backdrop for many of the most exciting development
opportunities in the Thames Gateway, which will transform Medway
into a new city of learning, culture, tourism and enterprise.
Strood Riverside is part of an ambitious 20-year programme for
the regeneration of the waterfront. Medway Council has prepared the
Medway Waterfront regeneration strategy in association with
the Medway Renaissance Partnership (disbanded in March 2011).
The aim is to develop key regeneration areas along the River
- to create a modern, exciting waterfront city;
- to re-use land and reconnect communities with the river;
- to produce more and better job opportunities;
- to benefit existing communities as well as new ones;
- to create a series of urban quarters, which will contribute to
creating a particular sense of place for the overall character of
The economic, physical and social regeneration of the waterfront
is now a key priority. There is commitment to carry out the
physical regeneration of previously developed sites in a way that
produces sustainable communities.
Each site will contribute its own special elements to create
Medway Waterfront as an exciting riverside destination. These sites
represent an opportunity to concentrate new development in existing
urban areas and reduce the pressure to build on greenfield
A development brief for the site was adopted as a supplementary
planning document by the council in September 2006. It contains an
illustrative master plan and a set of planning guidelines that any
future developer must use. The illustrative master plan shows how
it might look, once developed and achieves all the aims the council
has for the site.
During preparation of the brief, the council asked a large
number of organisations, businesses, commuters and residents for
their views on how the site should be developed.
This development brief (and the accompanying sustainability
appraisal) were subject to a six-week period of consultation.
During this period, the council welcomed comments from residents,
statutory bodies and interested parties. The development brief was
amended to reflect the comments received during the consultation.
The development brief
(pdf 4,079KB), sustainability
report (pdf 517KB) and cabinet report (pdf
279KB) are available to download.
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