First phase consultation results
You can now view the results of the first phase of the public consultation regarding the proposed £170 million investment in the governments Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF).
The consultation ran from January 2021 to April 2021 and was supported by letters sent to 24,500 households on and around the Hoo Peninsula, along with social and digital media, and online meetings with community groups. We received 552 valid responses.
A further consultation will start in November 2021.
If you have difficulty accessing the online results or would prefer a paper copy, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01634 331 166.
You can also request these documents in an accessible format.
About the future of Hoo
If more homes are built on the Hoo Peninsula there will need to be improvements to roads, transport and environment to support this.
It is essential that the necessary road, rail and environmental infrastructure in and around the Hoo peninsula is put in place for residents.
Medway’s bid focused on significantly improving the Hoo Peninsula’s transport connections and the environmental infrastructure and having them all delivered and in use by 2024.
This fund allows for upfront infrastructure improvements, supporting housing growth over the next 20 years.
£63 million will be used for rail improvements to support new housing on the Hoo Peninsula.
There will be a new rail station at Sharnal Street, just off the A228 and a new passenger service connecting the Peninsula to a London terminal (possibly London Victoria) and other Medway stations.
The service will also enable people to change at Gravesend to join the HS1 to London St Pancras. All will be in use by 2024.
The station will be accessible by road and new cycle ways.
The new passenger service will operate alongside the existing freight activities.
£86 million of this fund will be used to make road improvements to support new housing on the Hoo Peninsula.
This will increase capacity at peak times and reduce local congestion and help to improve air quality.
A new road is proposed to connect Main Road to the Wainscott bypass via a flyover.
Improvements are also planned to improve the roundabouts at Four Elms, Bells Lane and Ropers Lane.
All of these schemes will be in use before 2024.
£14.35 million will be used for protecting wildlife and ecology.
The Hoo Peninsula’s marshes and woodlands are important for biodiversity.
By March 2024, significant investment will have been made to create a network of wildlife-rich open spaces. All with extensive walking and cycling routes, new habitats and a green ‘living bridge’ over the Peninsula Way and new wetlands by the estuary.
In addition Rangers will be employed to help look after the area and to help visitors enjoy the area.
for rail infrastructure upgrades
to improve roads
Work is already underway
We are working with the government to agree the legal and project management arrangements, so that we can move quickly with getting the projects underway.
We are also continuing to develop the project timelines and budgets.
We will also be preparing to secure planning permissions for the road, rail and environmental investments.