Plans revealed for 185 homes on Civic Centre site in Strood

8 January 2024In Strood3 Minutes
Proposed view of the development looking towards Rochester Bridge. Photo: Medway Development Company

Housing plans for Strood’s Civic Centre site have been unveiled.

The proposal for the site, near Rochester Bridge, includes 185 homes – made up of 63 houses and 122 flats.

They will be a mix of two, three and four-bed houses, and one, two and three-bed flats.

The plans include 25% affordable housing, as well as properties aimed at families, first time buyers and downsizers.

Proposed view of the development from Rochester. Photo: Medway Development Company

A new café and public green space with a children’s play area along the River Medway are also proposed.

Parking space for 128 cars and 248 bicycles would be created.

Buildings would vary in height from one to four storeys.

The development is being delivered by Medway Council’s housing firm, Medway Development Company (MDC), and has been drawn up by architects BPTW.

A consultation is now underway to gather people’s views on the plans.

MDC has launched an online survey that runs until 31 January, which can be completed by clicking here.

The Civic Centre site in Strood. Photo: Google Maps

The site has sat empty since the council’s Civic Centre was demolished in 2010, after its offices moved to Gun Wharf in Chatham.

In 2019 the site was put on the market for development, but council officers ended the search for a developer two years later due to financial constraints.

The council was awarded £1.7 million in government funding last October for infrastructure works to kickstart development of the site.

They include creating a main access road into the site, installing drainage and diverting underground utilities.

A tender for the infrastructure works has just gone live, with the contract starting in April this year and ending in April 2025.

The Civic Centre site with new flood defences

Flood defences were installed at the site in 2019, financed by £3.5 million from the Local Growth Fund.

The Civic Centre site forms part of the council’s wider Strood Waterfront project, which includes a brownfield site nearby on Canal Road.

MDC hopes to submit a planning application in the next few months, with a decision made by Medway Council by the end of summer.

Construction work could begin in early 2025.

Find out more on Medway Development Company’s website by clicking here.

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