Key Development Sites

 

Ebbsfleet Valley  - a 260 hectare site between Ebbsfleet International station and Bluewater shopping centre, which has scope for up to 7,750 new homes, and a 150 hectare site which could deliver around 500,000 sq metres of mixed-use development, including around 3,000 homes and commercial/retail development that could create up to 20,000 new jobs.
Current Position – Oct 2012
A re-negotiated section 106 agreement was announced this month that will unlock the first phase of development of this major scheme at Eastern Quarry.  The new deal reduces Land Securities £40million contribution to £25 million for road infrastructure. Central Government is committed to invest in development work on the two major junction improvements and to continue its support for the project.  These cross-party agreements enable the first phase of the development of 1,500 homes to commence, with the first homes to be completed by the end of 2013. Formal marketing of the commercial development area around Ebbsfleet International station is to commence late September 2012.  
 
 
Dartford Northern Gateway- a mixed-use development that will deliver 2,000 new homes, 1,200 new jobs and a range of supporting facilities, including a dedicated Fastrack rapid bus transit route and environmental enhancement of the River Darent and the Dartford Fresh Marshes. There are a number of privately-owned sites within this development, notably the Glaxo Smith Kline former works, as well as sites assembled and purchased  by the HCA that include the former Unwins/Matrix site where The Base business centre is now open and operating successfully.
 
Current Position – Oct 2012
Following a public consultation in Nov 2011, the Dartford Northern Gateway Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) was adopted by Dartford Council in April 2012. This sets out detailed guidance explaining how policies in the Core Strategy will be applied in determining planning applications at the Northern Gateway.
 
An application for 1,000 homes and supporting facilities on part of the former Glaxo Smith Kline landholdings was approved in June 2012.  Site preparation has commenced.  The remainder of the Glaxo Smith Kline landholdings is currently being marketed.
 
Following funding allocation from the Growing Places Fund, it is intended that The Base business centre will be expanded by a further 1,486 sq metres.
 
The HCA is funding the development of a Masterplan for the Hythe Street area which will identify the most beneficial way to bring the site to the market. This is expected to be completed by December 2012 and will provide recommendations on the timing and nature of private sector involvement in the site. 
 
 
Dartford Town Centre - retail and leisure uses and up to 1,000 new homes and 300 new jobs are to be created as part of a strategy for the rejuvenation of the town centre.  Development sites identified in the Core Strategy include: the Lowfield Street site which has been assembled for a major retail development, including housing scheme; the former Co-op site on Hythe Street acquired by the HCA to enable redevelopment for town centre uses; the former Westgate car park owned by the Dartford Council, which could be amalgamated with the former Co-op to enable comprehensive redevelopment; and development of the Station Mound site for a mix of uses, including the redevelopment of Dartford station and the creation of a high quality gateway into the town centre.
 
Current Position – Oct 2012
A Masterplan has been prepared for the mixed use development of the Station Quarter site, comprising residential, retail, polyclinic, restaurants/cafes, hotel and parking based around a new main line railway station.  The development of this site is part of collaboration agreement with Dartford Borough Council (DBC), HCA and Network Rail which runs until March 2016.
 
Planning consent for a retail and housing scheme has been approved in principle for the Lowfield Street area and work is proposed to start in 2013. The Westgate multi-storey car park has been demolished and laid out as a temporary car park pending redevelopment of the site.  An application has been submitted for demolition of the former Co-op building andconsultants are to be appointed within the next few months to look at the development options for the combined Co-op (HCA) and Kent Road (DBC) sites and disposal strategy and a review of the options for the Station Quarter site.
 
 
Northfleet Embankment - comprises two sites totalling around 70 hectares on the eastern edge of Gravesend town centre close to Ebbsfleet International and has extensive river frontage with deep water access to the Thames. The Lafarge-owned Northfleet Embankment West site has the potential to deliver around 500 houses and 1,500 new jobs through a mixed-use scheme, while the HCA-owned Northfleet Embankment East site is a potential location for commercial development, with the benefit of adjacent deep water wharfage.
 
Current Position – Oct 2012
The western (Lafarge) site is now largely cleared following an extensive demolition programme. The current proposal for the site is for an employment scheme centred around a sub-regional rail freight interchange and a  development of approximately 150 new dwellings. The rail connection and facility recently won a National Railfreight Award for the best railfreight infrastructure project of the year.
 
On the eastern (HCA owned) site a contract for the land raise works has now been let to import spoil from the Lee Tunnel being part of the Thames Tunnel sewer works to prepare the development site platform. In compliance with the planning consent, the majority of the material will be delivered by River using the recently reinstated rail connection to the former Lafarge cement works which was funded jointly by Crossrail, Network Rail and Lafarge at a total cost of £13million.  These works will commence next month and will be completed in mid to late 2013. Agreement has now been reached with Gravesham Borough Council that the Local Development Framework (LDF) will encourage a mixed use scheme including an employment element which may benefit from the rail link and some 250 new homes. Negotiations with the various parties interested in the freight terminal are proceeding. The HCA intends to appoint consultants later this year to advise on the disposal strategy for this site for both the residential and commercial elements.
 
 
Gravesend Town Centre - over 1,000 new homes will be developed in and around Gravesend Town Centre, capitalising on the 22 minute high-speed train service direct to London.Developer Edinburgh House is proposing a £120 million regeneration of  three central areas in Gravesham town centre which will create 800 jobs, 330 homes and generate £8 million spending every year. The proposals include restaurants, cafes a hotel, underground parking, a multi-purpose Market Square, children’s play areas and a community centre. 
 
Current Position – Oct 2012
Developer Edinburgh House has announced its latest proposals for the town centre and is expected to submit a planning application for the Heritage Quarter in the next couple of months, which will include 330 homes, new hotel, retail, leisure, public realm and business space. 
 
The Transport Quarter phase 3 Rathmore Road link road is due for completion 2014/15 alongside major improvements to Gravesend Train station.
 
Chatham Town Centre there are a range of key opportunity sites across Chatham town centre which together will deliver some 2,000 new homes, 2,700 new jobs and significant retail and leisure opportunities set within a high quality, vibrant and historic waterfront setting. Chatham has benefitted from significant investment in key transport infrastructure, site preparation, opportunities to unlock the potential of a portfolio of major sites.
 
Chatham Town Centre - Chatham Waterfront he vision for the Chatham Waterfront Masterplan is to reconnect Chatham to its historic riverfront location, providing a high quality public realm and integrating key opportunity sites which will provide a mix of new homes, commercial space and cultural and leisure facilities.   In 2007 a Masterplan was adopted by Medway Council as the Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) to guide development on this site.  Investment to date includes the demolition of a flyover and subsequent development of a state-of-the art bus facility bordering Chatham's Waterfront Park and associated public realm improvements to Chatham's historic High Street.
 
Current Position – Oct 2012
In April 2011outline planning permission was obtained for a mixed-use waterfront development, including 111 new homes, over 3,344 sq metres of commercial space and a 4,050 sq metre hotel.
 
Medway Council has secured an additional £3 million of investment in key infrastructure for site preparation and investment in public realm to unlock the potential of four strategic riverfront development sites, including the investment in Chatham's Waterfront Park and associated River Path.
 
 
Chatham Town Centre - Queen Street an outline planning application was approved in April 2010 for new homes and shops on the site of the current Queen Street and Slicketts Hill car parks
 
Current Position – Oct 2012
The site has been assembled and cleared ready for development and will be released for disposal shortly. 
 
Chatham Town Centre - Best Street / High Street - in June 2010 Medway Council consulted the public over the proposed Masterplan for this site which will become the focus of major retail developments, with proposals for at least an extra 30,000 square metres of shop space. These proposals include transforming the area between Best Street and Richard Street, improving connections between an extended Pentagon Centre and the High Street, the remodelling of existing retail sites, such as Debenhams, and the creation of substantial new parking facilities to the rear of Debenhams leading to Best Street.
 
Current Position – Oct 2012
In September 2010 Medway Council adopted the final Masterplan as the SPD to guide development on this site.
 
Chatham Town Centre - Gun Wharf -  the vision is for this area to be an attractive civic and cultural quarter that takes advantage of the sites location adjacent to the waterfront and unique heritage assets. Uses envisaged for the area include civic and cultural facilities, offices, restaurant and cafes, contemporary development sensitive to the site’s heritage, within a setting of enhanced and improved open space and public realm.
 
Current Position – Oct 2012
The Masterplan was adopted as the SPD to guide development on this site in November 2010 which comprises two parts – the Civic Quarter and The Ordnance sites.
 
Chatham Town Centre - The Brook -  the existing road along the Brook will be widened on its north side to improve traffic capacity, pedestrian and cycle facilities, with new landscaping and improvements made to the appearance of the street to provide a foundation for future development.
 
Current Position – Oct 2012
Work started on this scheme in September 2011 and has now been completed.
 
Chatham Town Centre - Union Street  - this scheme involves the widening and straightening of Union Street and improving junctions with New Road, Best Street, High Street and the Brook to increase traffic capacity for existing road users and allow future regeneration. New and improved public spaces will be created on the High Street and Best Street and improved crossings provided for pedestrians.
 
Current Position – Oct 2012
Work started on this scheme in September 2011 and has now been completed.
 
Strood Centre - this extensive waterfront area extends from the M2 through Temple Waterfront and Strood town centre, to Strood Riverside adjoining Strood station.  It includes a number of distinct mixed-use development opportunities that will be complemented by infrastructure improvements in the centre and the refurbishment of the station that already offers access to High Speed rail services.  In total these opportunities are expected to result in over 2,000 homes and 2,800 new jobs. 
 
Current Position – Oct 2012
This scheme is a longer-term development proposition. A temporary Tesco store is to be developed on the site of the old civic centre which will operate for a limited period, while the main Tesco store in Chatham town centre is refurbished. Funding is still required to undertake flood protection work on this site to improve the viability of the development for the private sector to take it forward.
 
 
Rochester Riverside  -t his site will ultimately accommodate up to 2,000 new homes and more than 45,000 sq metres of mixed-use commercial space on a prominent, cleared and flood protected 29 hectare riverfront site. 
 
Current Position – Oct 2012
Investment in the first phase of site-wide infrastructure is now complete and an additional £4.4 million has been secured from the Growing Places Fund for the investment infrastructure for the remaining private and commercial elements of phase 1, providing fully serviced development plots. Funding has been secured for the proposed relocation of Rochester’s Railway Station, further reducing journey times on High Speed 1 to London and providing increased future capacity. The remainder of Phase 1 will be released to the market in the summer of 2013.
 
 
Chatham Maritime - St Mary's Island -A new residential community has been created on a 100 acre site on St Mary’s Island, Chatham Maritime with some 1,000 houses developed so far through a Joint Venture between the public sector and Countryside Properties. Community facilities, including a primary school, village hall and doctors surgery have been developed alongside the housing which has won a host of awards for its good design and environmental sustainability credentials.
 
Current Position – Oct 2012
The Joint Venture is still in operation with the SEEDA share now transferred to the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). The remaining 900 houses planned for the site continue to be developed out at a modest rates in the current climate.
 
 
Chatham Maritime - Interface Site -some 1,400 new homes and around 4,500 sq metres of commercial space are planned for this site.
 
Current Position – Oct 2012
The HCA has approved funding through its Stewardship Funding Agreement with local partners to appoint masterplanners to develop new proposals for the site. The appointment is expected to be made over the next few months.
 
 
Chatham Waters -  this £650mill development proposed by Peel Holdings will comprise 175,000 sq metres of commercial space, education facilities, an ‘EventCity’, and hotel, alongside apartments and townhouses, landscaped public areas and a food store. It has the potential to create 3,500 jobs.
 
Current Position – Oct 2012
Peel Holidings submitted an outline planning application in October 2011 to develop this site, which was approved by Medway Council in June. The Secretary of State has recently decided not to call in this application, so approval by Medway’s Planning Committee now stands.
 
 
Lodge Hill, Chatham  this is the only proposed freestanding new settlement in the Thames Gateway, and occupies an exceptional site on the Hoo Peninsula.  The first of around 5,000 homes and the same number of jobs are expected to start in 2014, associated health, education, retail, hotel and other facilities are also planned. In May 2008, Land Securities was selected to bring forward the plans for this site owned by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and since then have undertaken an extensive master planning programme. An outline planning application for the site was submitted to Medway Council in May 2011.
 
Current Position – Oct 2012
A decision by Medway Council on the outline planning application is subject to resolution of issues around housing site allocations in the Local Development Framework (LDF) Core Strategy which is currently under examination by the Planning Inspectorate. A resolution of these issues is expected within the next few months, with a planning application decision forthcoming after this.
 
 
Sittingbourne Town Centre - Mill Site  this Essential Land scheme encompasses the old paper mill site, which is located to the north of the railway line at the intersection between Mill Way and Milton Road, and the nearby Wharf site adjacent to Milton Creek.  The old mill site redevelopment will include a new Morrisons food superstore and up to 200 new homes.  The Wharf site adjacent to Milton Creek will comprise leisure and community facilities and a waterside park. 
 
Current Position – Oct 2012
Detailed planning permission for the superstore and creek-side park and outline permission for the residential development was granted in 2011. Development of the Morrisons superstore commenced in May 2012 and is due to open Easter 2013. Esseential Land has recently received an expression of interest from a developer to take forward the residential element of the scheme. Funding has also been agreed through a Section 106 agreement for a heritage centre and the open space land around the development.
 
 
Sittingbourne Town Centre - Spirit of Sittingbourne scheme the Spirit of Sittingbourne (a consortium of Essential Land, Cathedral Group and Altyon plc) proposal aims to realign the town from its current east west orientation to being north south and will connect the centre to Milton Creek. The proposed scheme includes a new civic building, a public square in front of Sittingbourne train station, a 65 bedroom hotel , cultural facilities including a 7/8 screen cinema and venue for performances, retail including a mix of larger chains and independent traders and 280 new homes.
 
Current Position – Oct 2012
The Spirit of Sittingbourne was chosen as the Council's preferred development partner and a Heads of Terms agreement was signed in 2011.  A development agreement has been recently agreed in September 2012 and, following due diligence and masterplanning work, planning applications for Phase 1 of the scheme are expected to be submitted by the end of 2013.
 
 
Sittingbourne Town Centre - Tesco development  the Spenhill Tesco town centre regeneration scheme stretches from Sittingbourne High Street, over the railway line and the former site of the old Sittingbourne Industrial Park, to Milton Creek.  There is to be a Tesco Extra store with car parking and a complex of retail units on land north of the railway line, with a pedestrianised promenade leading to a footbridge over the railway line that will link to The Forum.  As part of the scheme The Forum is to be refurbished and a new entrance built at the back with a paved courtyard leading from the new entrance to St Michael's Road up to the Spirit of Sittingbourne scheme.  The proposal also includes a cinema, additional retail, new restaurants and parking for 1,188 cars and could also create the opportunity for new homes in the future on land around Milton Creek.
 
Current Position – Oct 2012
Tesco received outline planning permission for this scheme in December 2011, subject to resolution of two outstanding matters: the Highways Agency removing their Article 14 objection regarding the Key Street roundabout and referral of the application to the Secretary of State because the scheme is a departure from the Development Plan. Tesco are currently in discussion with the Highways Agency over their Article 14 objection and, once this is resolved, the application will be referred to the Secretary of State. If the Secretary of State approves the application then there will be a three months period for any judicial review. Once the two outstanding matters are completed, Tesco will then take the application to their Board for approval to proceed.
 
 
Sittingbourne Town Centre - Bell Centre  this new development comprises a medical centre and 49 sheltered housing flats on the site of the former Bell Centre arcade and the development of a four storey Travel Lodge. 
 
Current Position – Oct 2012
Demolition of the Bell Centre commenced during 2011 but the develoepr has put this on hold, because they are seeking an alteration to the sustainable building standards (from BREEAM ‘very good’ to BREEAM ‘good’ standard) in the planning permission granted for the Travelodge building proposed on land to the rear of Bell House. An appeal has been lodged against the Council’s decision to refuse this application.
 
 
Queenborough & Rushenden this site located off the A249 on the Isle of Sheppey will deliver up to 2,000 new homes within a historic existing community, alongside approximately 350,000 sq metres of commercial space at Neats Court which could accommodate up to 4,600 jobs.
 
Current Position – Oct 2012
The Rushenden Link Road was completed and opened in November 2011.  The decision has been made by HCA to grant £13mill for investment in site enabling works including site preparation for land raising, acquisitions of land raise material and relocation of services.  Planning consent has been achieved for the land raising work for the first phase of the residential development and the contract has been let for the phase 1 work which is due to commence in October.   Disposal of this site by the HCA to the private sector is anticipated between 2017 and 2022
 
The legal barriers to the development of the consented LXB scheme at Neats Court have now been resolved and the developer intends to start soon on site in October with the construction of a new Morrisons food store, petrol filling station, a fast food outlet and further retail and trade units. The Morrisons store could be completed as early as Summer 2013 and will create 300 jobs, with the remainder of the scheme potentially generating an additional 150-200 employment opportunities.
 
 
Port of Sheerness - North Kent can become a major manufacturing hub for the offshore industry, with the potential to create 2,000 new jobs directly at the plant. Vestas has agreed a land options deal with Peel Ports at Sheerness Port, with a view to being operational by 2015. This forms part of the wider Medway Superhub concept - a major opportunity for development in the offshore wind energy industry.
 
Current Position – Oct 2012
Following the granting of planning permission to Peel Holdings for the development of a offshore wind manufacturing development at the Port of Sheerness in April 2012, Vestas announced in June that it no longer intended to pursue its land option with Peel. Since then Peel Holdings is continuing to promote the Port as an offshore wind manufacturing hub and is currently in negotiations with alternative manufacturers.