Chatham Docks, Medway, Kent
Local Planning Authority
Peel L&P approached P4 to develop the planning strategy and narrative that would help support the allocation of this 35Ha dockland site for major regeneration of circa 4,000 new homes in the emerging Medway Local Plan. The former Naval Dockyard had been converted to a commercial port when it closed in the 1980s and soon requires major capital investment which is unviable for the limited trade it operates. Our initial advice has centred around developing the strategy for stake holder and community engagement and working with the Council to help facilitate relocation to protect jobs in the face of political lobbying of existing commercial tenants seeking to stay put. As the plans evolve, the wider vision and fantastic regeneration benefits of repurposing this strategic waters site will be submitted to help shape emerging policy, followed by a planning submission and environmental impact assessment in due course.