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5 Plus wins planning for Peel's waterside whopper

Medway Council has approved Peel Land & Property’s outline plans for its £650 million mixed-use Chatham Waters scheme in Kent designed by 5 Plus Architects

The 10ha mixed-use scheme on brownfield land at Chatham Docks will include offices, education facilities, an EventCity exhibition venue, hotel, apartments, townhouses, a supermarket and landscaped public areas.

The victory follows two years of discussion between Peel and Medway Council and a public consultation last year. 

Jon Matthews, a director of 5plus Architects said: ‘The Chatham Waters site has it all. It sits partly within the buffer zone of a proposed world heritage zone; next to a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Ramsar sites; next to a medieval dockyard and within a significant flood risk zone. That is a unique challenge.

‘The regeneration framework was derived from these constraints and the need to create a new quarter in Medway. It is about jobs, growth and creating world class environments.’

The project is Peel’s latest in a series of behemoth waterside schemes. The giant development company is already working on the £5.5billion Liverpool Waters with Chapman Taylor and the nearby 1.4 million m² Wirral Waters scheme (AJ 01.12.10).

Previous story (AJ 31.10.2011)

Peel submits another monster waterside scheme

Development giant Peel Land & Property has lodged outline plans for its £650 million mixed-use Chatham Waters scheme in Kent designed by 5 Plus Architects

The 10ha scheme on brownfield land at Chatham Docks is the latest behemoth waterside scheme to be submitted by the development company which is already working on the £5.5billion Liverpool Waters with Chapman Taylor and the nearby 1.4 million m² Wirral Waters scheme (AJ 01.12.10).

Drawn up with Indigo Planning and Planit ie, the 176,000m² project includes a commercial heart incorporating office space, education facilities, a hotel, flats, townhouses, new public areas and a food store.

James Whittaker, development director at Peel said: ‘The feedback we received at the public consultation was invaluable and we are very pleased that so many people [90 per cent of those questioned] were supportive of our plans for Chatham Waters. We have taken the comments received on board and are pleased to have submitted a planning application to Medway Council.’

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