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Cabinet approves Chatham masterplans

Date: 16/07/2008           Category: Economic Development

Multi-million pound regeneration plans for Chatham took a major step forward today when the council’s Cabinet approved a key planning document. Cabinet adopted the Chatham Centre and Waterfront Development Brief. This sets out three masterplans which will guide development in three regeneration zones: · Chatham Waterfront, which runs from Sun Pier to the Command House pub and back towards to The Pentagon shopping centre; · Station Gateway, which is centred on the area around Chatham railway station; · The Brook; Cabinet approved a series of changes to the masterplans, made in response to extensive public consultation. The original proposals for Chatham Waterfront, showing the waterfront framed by landmark towers, have been dropped. Instead, an approach has been agreed with English Heritage to show a zone within which taller building proposals can be considered. Some of the other changes: the new bus station location has been incorporated into the masterplan, the Waterfront Park landscaping proposals have been developed further, the site of the proposed arts and entertainment venue has been moved to a location within the Waterfront Park, more of the older High Street buildings are shown as being retained and it is now proposed that Sun Pier is retained and improved. In the Station Gateway masterplan the Sir John Hawkins car park site is no longer required for the new bus station and is shown as a development site. There are also a number of changes that take into account phase-two of the remodelling of Chatham’s road system. Revisions of The Brook masterplan are confined to Union Street. These changes have been made necessary by phase-two of the road scheme. Leader of Medway Council Cllr Rodney Chambers, said: “The masterplans adopted today set out our ambitions for the regeneration of Chatham as Medway’s city centre. They are a blueprint for future land-use and they establish important design standards. “This is an important advance for Medway’s regeneration programme, which is attracting strong investor interest – especially in Chatham. This is despite the economic downturn. Our hope is that Medway can buck the economic trend.”