The closure of Chatham Naval Base in 1984 left an area of over 400 acres (162 hectares) of largely unoccupied buildings, land and water. The Interface Land sites form the last major undeveloped area in the former Naval Base. The site sits on the boundary of Chatham Historic Dockyard and Chatham Maritime and is identified as, ‘presenting an opportunity for a stunning development that complements rather than competes’.
The Draft Chatham Interface Land Development Brief 2017 has been drafted to update the Interface Land Development Framework Supplementary Planning Document 'Development Framework' adopted in October 2010. This will reflect the changing economic and planning circumstances and help bring forward the development of this key regeneration site. The Development Brief identifies the potential for a residential-led development with opportunities for supporting commercial uses such as offices, cafés and restaurants.
With links to policies S8 and S9 of the Medway Local Plan 2003, this Development Brief will ensure that the development of the site complements the existing Historic Dockyard and is an appropriate design for its historic setting. The Medway Local Plan 2003 allocation (Policy S9) states that a framework to guide development will be prepared jointly with Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust.
Once adopted the Development Brief will be a planning guidance document, which will be a material planning consideration against which decisions can be made in relation to development proposals on the sites.
We held a public consultation between 10 November and 5pm on 22 December 2017 seeking comments on the content of the Chatham Interface Land Development Brief 2017 and the approach taken in shaping and managing development on the Interface Land sites. The responses have been logged for analysis to inform refinement of the development brief for further consideration. The next steps will be outlined early 2018.