Hoo Wetlands planning application now submitted

The application scored a huge Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) of 44% which means the project will greatly benefit the habitat and environment around the site.

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Future Hoo programme update

We’re proposing to pause rail plans on the Hoo Peninsula. Instead we’re exploring options to improve local bus services.

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Our latest consultation: Community Parklands

Thank you to everyone who came to one of our Future Hoo consultation events this summer.

Our project team visited Hoo Parish Church, Chattenden Community Centre, Hoo Library and The Hundred of Hoo School to give residents the chance to take part in our latest consultation for the Community Parklands programme.

The consultation focused on the Hoo Wetlands Reserve and Lodge Hill Countryside site.

Find out more about the Community Parklands consultation

Roads phase 2 and phase 4 schemes

During the same period, we also shared the designs for the roads phase 2 and phase 4 schemes. 

Find out more and view the phase 2 and phase 4 designs

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, environmental infrastructure and having these in place first. 

If you have a question about Future Hoo please email futurehoo@medway.gov.uk or leave a message on 01634 331 166.

Photograph of the Hoo Peninsula.
Artist impression of train station
Housing and infrastructure in Hoo Peninsula
Cycling in hoo

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 prepare to secure planning permissions for the road, rail and environmental investments.

Read our latest update on the Hoo Peninsula

Funded improvements

£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.

£63 million

for rail infrastructure upgrades

£86 million

to improve roads

Latest news: Whose Hoo unlocks funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund

The project aims to help residents discover and celebrate the heritage and habitats of the Hoo Peninsula.

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An ariel shot of Hoo Peninsula

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