Peel Land and Property’s proposal for a 176,500 sq m mixed-use development at the docks has been approved by Eric Pickles.
The communities and local government secretary’s decision gives the go-ahead for the brownfield site’s development, which will incorporate offices, education facilities, a conference centre, a hotel, public areas, apartments and houses.
It is hoped that the plans will create 3,500 jobs. Indigo Planning, Planit ie, Traffic Transport & Highway Consultancy and 5 Plus Architects are advising on the scheme.
Peel Land and Property development director James Whittaker said: “We’re delighted the secretary of state has approved outline plans for Chatham Waters.
“Our proposals will regenerate and breathe new life into a significant area of the dockland and give the region a real economic boost.
“We have started to prepare detailed plans for the first phase and we hope to start building on the site next year.”
Medway Council leader Rodney Chambers called the scheme “a major step forward” for the regeneration of the area, and “a clear indication of how the area is growing and continuing to attract significant investment from developers and businesses”.
He continued: “Not only will it create thousands of jobs for residents in the near future, it will provide opportunities for future growth and unrivalled facilities for residents and visitors alike to enjoy and benefit from.”