Work is now expected to start next year on Chatham Waters an ambitious 1.9m sq ft mixed-use scheme of hundreds of homes, offices, hotel and conference centre, food store and landscaped public areas.
Medway Council’s planning department green lighted the scheme earlier this summer, but the scale of the plans meant communities secretary Eric Pickles also needed to scrutinise the brownfield site plan.
James Whittaker, development director at Peel said: “Chatham Waters will regenerate and breathe new life into a significant area of the dockland and give the region a real economic boost.
“We will now evolve the plans further and continue to work with the Council and consult with the residents of Chatham to ensure we deliver a scheme the community is proud of.
He added: “We will also start preparing detailed plans for the first phase and we hope to be start building on the site next year.”
The outline planning success follows two years of discussion with Medway Council.
Indigo Planning, Planit ie, Traffic Transport & Highway Consultancy and 5 Plus Architects are advising Peel on the scheme.