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Strood Town Centre

Artist's impression of how Strood town centre might look in the futureStrood is in line for a huge economic boost, as more than £1billion is invested in Medway over the next 20 years, transforming it into a premier European city of learning, culture, tourism and enterprise.

New homes and businesses at Strood Riverside, Temple Waterfront, Rochester Riverside and Chatham will see up to 16,000 homes and 40,000 jobs created on 900 hectares of ex-industrial "brownfield" land, spanning 11 spectacular kilometres of the River Medway. Investment has already begun in Strood benefitting from the Strood Local Growth Fund.

Strood is likely to experience significant pressure for change in the coming years, as it is well placed to benefit from wider regeneration initiatives, including the strategic plans for the Thames Gateway, as well as the former Medway Renaissance Waterfront Strategy.

It is vital that Strood becomes a healthy and vibrant centre that new residents and workers will use for day-to-day goods and services.

Following a major public consultation exercise in April and May 2006, consultants were appointed to examine the issues facing Strood town centre and the options for future regeneration and development. The Issues and Options Study is an early part of the process of producing a Strood Town Centre Area Action Plan.

The study builds on the work and consultation already carried out and outlines a series of broad options for future development and regeneration. The preparation of the Area Action Plan will result in many opportunities for the public to give their opinion and help shape the future of Strood.

Following Medway Council’s decision to relocate to a centralised council building at Gun Wharf in Chatham, the Civic Centre site is available for redevelopment. A brief will be prepared to help guide a developer when the site is sold.

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