Former St John Fisher School in Chatham earmarked for 139 homes

28 March 2024In Chatham1 Minutes
A CGI showing the development from Ordnance Street. Photo: Darling Associates

Plans to redevelop the old St John Fisher School in Chatham have been revealed.

The former secondary school on Ordnance Street, which closed in 2022, could become 139 homes.

Developer Eutopia Homes announced the plans as part of a consultation this month.

The former St John Fisher School as it currently looks. Photo: Eutopia Homes
A CGI showing the terraced houses in the development. Photo: Darling Associates

Eutopia Homes bought the disused school site for £3.85m last March.

The proposal includes 77 terraced houses and 62 flats, some of which will be offered as affordable housing – but a number has not yet been agreed with Medway Council.

Building heights will range from two to four storeys across the site.

The proposed masterplan of the site. Photo: Darling Associates

Around 66 car parking spaces would be provided, plus electric charging points and blue-badge bays.

A new 1-acre public open space is also proposed, featuring a natural play area, lawn area and woodland.

Eutopia Homes says it hopes to submit a planning application by June.

If approved, construction could begin in early 2025 and reach completion by the end of 2026.

A CGI showing the development from Charles Street. Photo: Darling Associates

St John Fisher School occupied the site for almost 60 years from 1964, until it relocated to a newly-built campus on City Way, Rochester, in February 2022.

A fire broke out in the empty school last October after trespassers set it alight during an arson attack.

More information about the St John Fisher School development can be found on the consultation website here.