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Rochester Riverside

Rochester Riverside aerial photoRochester Riverside is a flagship project in Medway Council’s regeneration programme. The site comprises 21 hectares of brownfield development land, stretching from Rochester Bridge to the north and Doust Way to the south. Whilst meeting the Council’s objective of providing new homes and jobs for Medway, the development at Rochester Riverside will bring other benefits including a range of publicly accessible open spaces, retail and leisure facilities as well as improvements to the ‘Gateways’ between the River Medway and Rochester High Street.


Rochester Riverside is a project managed in partnership by Medway Council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). Both organisations have invested substantial funds in site assembly, flood defences, remediation and engineering works to enable the comprehensive redevelopment of the site.New Rochester Station

The area will be developed over the next 15 years and will include the provision of approximately 1500 high quality residential units (including affordable housing), open spaces and riverside walk, a new primary school, leisure facilities, office space, shops and restaurants. The 21 hectare site will become a new neighbourhood and destination, well connected to the historic heart of Rochester and the new £26 million railway station to the north of the site on Corporation Street, opening in December 2015.

Masterplan and Development Brief

The vision for Rochester Riverside is established in the 2014 Rochester Riverside Development Brief and Masterplan, adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document in September 2014. It replaces the previously adopted 2004 Development Brief and 2006 Masterplan and will be a material consideration in the determination of any future planning applications for Rochester Riverside. The adopted Rochester Riverside Masterplan and Development Brief 2014 (pdf, 5,620KB) is now available to download.

What has happened so far?Rochester Riverside Arches

Development at Rochester Riverside has so far focussed on the ‘Southern Gateway’, located at the southern end of the site.

In 2013, 73 new homes were delivered in partnership with Hyde Housing, alongside major infrastructure improvements such as the construction of the Doust Way link road, the Southern Gateway Public Square and improvements to the Bath Hard Lane ‘Gateway’. The houses are now fully occupied and the public square opened.

What happens next?

Countryside Properties and Hyde Housing have been selected to turn Medway Council’s ambitious regeneration plans for Rochester Riverside into reality.

The developers are set to transform the area over the next 12 years, building around 1,300 new homes, of which 25 per cent will be affordable housing.

They will also provide a new school, nursery, hotels, restaurants, gym, healthcare facilities, office space and a number of retail units on the site, which is one of Medway’s most exciting regeneration hotspots with an anticipated final development value of over £400million.


For further details please contact: regeneration@medway.gov.uk.