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Rochester 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.
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?
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.
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