Housing plans for Strood Waterfront set to be unveiled

6 August 2023In Strood2 Minutes
The Civic Centre site in Strood. Photo: Google Maps

Long-awaited housing plans for Strood Waterfront will be shown at a consultation this summer.

Proposals for the empty Civic Centre site, which lies next to Rochester Bridge, are expected to include 184 homes as a mix of houses and apartments.

The scheme is being delivered by Medway Council’s housing firm, Medway Development Company (MDC), after it stalled when council officers decided to end calls to get a developer on board in 2021 due to financial issues.

An illustrative sketch of the Civic Centre site. Photo: Medway Council

Architects BPTW are drawing up the plans for MDC and are currently at pre-application stage, according to a Freedom of Information request.

It is anticipated that a planning application will be submitted this November, with building work earmarked to start in November 2024 and reach completion in March 2028.

The council submitted a £1.7 million bid to the government’s One Public Estate funding programme to help develop the site, with the outcome of the bid expected this summer.

Work to prepare the land at the former Civic Centre began in 2019 by installing flood defence measures, which were part-funded by £3.5 million from the Local Growth Fund, although little else has happened at the site since then.

The Civic Centre site with new flood defences

The long-deserted site forms part of the council’s wider Strood Waterfront project, including another brownfield site nearby on Canal Road.

Both sites were earmarked to see a total of 1,600 homes built.

An eight-week public consultation was held in 2018 and a masterplan was formally adopted by the council later that year.

A start date for the latest round of public consultation is yet to be confirmed.

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