Published: Tuesday, 28th July 2020

Medway Council is encouraging residents to have their say on a new public open space on the Hoo Peninsula.

In November 2019 the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government announced that Medway Council had been successful in its bid to secure £170million for major infrastructure developments on the peninsula.

The funding will be used to significantly improve road and rail connections in and around the peninsula to ensure the necessary infrastructure is in place to support plans for 10,600 new homes on the Hoo Peninsula.

In addition, part of the funding will be used to create new public open spaces to provide recreational space for local residents and to safeguard sensitive wildlife habitats around the Hoo Peninsula.

Cockham Community Parkland is the first of these spaces and Medway Council is due to submit a planning application this winter for the conversion of fields, which are currently part of Cockham Farm, into a new parkland, which would run between Chattenden and Hoo St Werburgh.

The council is encouraging residents to share their views about the proposals before finalising the plans.

The new parkland would create a large open space which would benefit the local community and wildlife by: providing safe routes connecting Main Road to Vicarage Lane for dog walkers, walkers and cyclists; creating new wildflower meadows, hedges and wooded areas where wildlife can flourish; creating a new orchard and a space for a visitor centre in the future as well as a space for families to have picnics and take part in woodland trails.

Cockham Community Parkland would also offer outstanding views of the estuary and river Medway.

Medway’s residents are always at the heart of our everything we do

Leader of Medway Council, Cllr Alan Jarrett said: “We are currently working on bringing proposals forward as part of our successful Housing Infrastructure Fund bid which will create growth opportunities for the Hoo Peninsula.

“Medway’s residents are always at the heart of our everything we do and, as plans are beginning to taking shape, we are continuing to ensure that we meet the needs of our residents and local communities. 

“Although we have a challenging target to deliver thousands of homes, we are committed to protecting Medway’s greenspaces and plans for this new open space will give residents a safe walking and cycling route between Main Road and Vicarage lane as well as creating a wildflower meadow for residents, and wildlife, to enjoy. This new space will further enhance the choice of picturesque publicly accessible green spaces to explore. Medway has the equivalent of 13.3 Hyde Parks under the council’s direct management and seven parks are Green Flag accredited.

“The proposed creation of Cockham Community Parkland is an exciting project and I would encourage residents to take part in the consultation and share their thoughts and views with us. Our exciting regeneration plans will unlock the potential of the Hoo Peninsula.”

The deadline for responses to the consultation is Monday, 7 September.

Find out more, and have your say.

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