Plans for 168 homes on Morgan Timber yard in Strood

4 December 2023In Strood1 Minutes
Architect's impression of the Morgan Timber yard development. Photo: Hester Architects

Plans have been submitted to redevelop a former timber yard into housing in Strood.

The Morgan Timber yard on Knight Road is earmarked for up to 168 homes.

It closed last September after the owners of the 100-year-old family-run company decided to retire.

The existing Morgan Timber yard that has closed. Photo: Google Maps

The proposal includes a mix of one, two, three and four-bedroom homes as houses and flats.

However, a report in the planning application ruled out affordable housing and Section 106 contributions due to the “significant abnormal costs associated with delivering the scheme.”

These costs relate to land remediation from its previous commercial use and the need to raise the land due to the site’s flood risk.

Masterplan of the Morgan Timber yard proposal. Photo: Hester Architects

The masterplan, drawn up by Hester Architects, also includes tree-lined streets, a children’s play area and up to 324 parking spaces.

Building heights will vary between two and three storeys.

Morgan Timber was founded in 1910 when brothers Arthur and Samuel Morgan started to produce fencing from local chestnut coppice.

The business grew to become one of the largest timber suppliers in the South East.

View or comment on the planning application by clicking here, or by searching for MC/23/2680 on Medway’s Planning Portal.