Published: Tuesday, 4th May 2021

Bold and exciting plans to further regenerate Chatham town centre, which will benefit residents and businesses, have been given the go ahead.

Medway Development Company (MDC), Medway Council’s own housing company, submitted plans to transform empty office accommodation at Mountbatten House, and adjoining land, in the centre of Chatham, into 164 high-quality one and two-bedroom homes with commercial units at ground floor level as well as an enhanced entrance to the Pentagon Shopping Centre.

The council’s Planning Committee approved the ambitious plans on Wednesday, 28 April.

Mountbatten House has some of the best views across the River Medway towards Rochester Castle and Cathedral, across the Great Lines Heritage Park and towards Fort Amherst. To make the most of these spectacular views a rooftop restaurant will be created alongside a separate communal garden space for new residents.

The former bus station will be converted into parking for the new homes and the station ramps will be demolished to create pop up containers for shops and kiosks alongside a new public square and improved taxi rank. 

The exciting plans have been developed by Lyall Bills and Young with CF Moller.

Transform Medway's city centre

Richard Hicks, Medway Council's Director of Place, and Deputy Chief Executive, said: “This exciting project will further transform Medway’s city centre and bring new life to Mountbatten House, which is currently unoccupied. We have an ambitious vision for Medway and we are committed to providing residents with new facilities and creating employment opportunities.  I look forward to watching the works progress."

Preparatory building works are due to begin later this year.

MDC is also continuing with plans to build apartments at Chatham Waterfront, deliver the Garrison Point development on the former Whiffens Avenue car park and build affordable homes in the loading bay of the former Britton Farm Mall supermarket. Work will also begin on creating an innovative adult learning and skills hub on the vacant top floor of the former supermarket in Gillingham alongside works to transform the shopping mall area.

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