Plans for 355 flats on former Go Outdoors in Chatham revealed

11 March 2024In Chatham2 Minutes
A CGI showing the proposed redevelopment of the site. Photo: Arpenteur

Views are being sought on plans to redevelop Chatham’s Go Outdoors superstore.

The site is home to the empty superstore, which closed in 2020 and was previously Tesco, and a HomePlus Furniture shop.

Proposals have now been unveiled by developer Arpenteur for 355 flats.

Aerial view of the former Go Outdoors superstore and HomePlus Furniture. Photo: Arpenteur

The homes would be a mix of one, two and three-bed flats across four buildings.

Buildings are set to range in height from 6 to 12 storeys.

Plans also include eight ground floor commercial units, a public square and a natural play area.

The multi-storey car park behind the superstore, which is sub-let to Medway Council and shut in 2022 due to low occupancy and anti-social behaviour, could also reopen under the plans.

It is earmarked to be privately managed for public use, as well as for residents who will be able to rent a parking space.

Existing view from the corner of Upbury Way and the High Street. Photo: Future Medway
Proposed view from the corner of Upbury Way and the High Street. Photo: Arpenteur

A consultation has begun with residents being encouraged to have their say before a planning application is submitted this year.

The site was bought by Arpenteur on a 999-year lease for £3.75 million last January.

Medway Council continues to own the freehold of the site.

The former Go Outdoors superstore. Photo: Future Medway

A statement by Arpenteur said: “We plan to deliver a first rate development on this important site, with high-quality and well-designed apartment buildings, alongside ground floor commercial, public open space and areas to create a place people can live, work and relax.

“The commercial spaces will create new jobs and deliver on the aspirations of the Chatham Town Centre Masterplan to bring life back to this important site and provide vital links to the High Street and surrounding area.”

The consultation runs until Monday, 25 March and can be found on Arpenteur’s website here.

A public exhibition will also be held at the Pentagon Centre on Saturday, 16 March from 10am to 4pm.

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