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Strood masterplan open for discussion

by Natalie Vincent Fri 12 January 2018, 4:04 pm

Proposals to regenerate three major sites at Strood Waterfront are open to public consultation until the end of January.

A proposed CGI view of Strood Waterfront, looking across from Rochester Castle

The 2017 Strood Masterplan, revised from the earlier 2006 version, targets Strood Riverside, the former civic centre and Kingswear Gardens for development.

It will bring up to 1,600 homes, including [planned] affordable houses and apartments, along with new business space and attractive public areas to the 11-ha site.

The plan also includes improved connectivity between the town centre, the renovated Strood station, Medway City Estate and Frindsbury.

Better flood defences costing £3.5 million will be built to safeguard the three-hectare former civic centre site, earmarked for business and retail space, after Medway Council successfully applied for £12.5 million from the Local Growth Fund for the masterplan.

As part of the plan, a visual impact assessment will consider the protection of views across to River Medway, Rochester Castle and Rochester Cathedral, stating: "development should be managed to ensure that it responds positively to its setting, and the historic environment".

The planning brief sums up: "These sites represent a connected sweep of Strood Waterfront, totalling more than 11ha of development potential and which can provide better links both along the riverside and to Strood; its town centre and its railway station".

Members of the public are invited to share their opinions on the masterplan until 29 January, with a chance to discuss the proposals with council members at Strood Community Hub on 20 January.


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