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Chatham Interface Land Development Brief


The closure of Chatham Naval Base, Chatham in 1984 left an area in excess of 400 acres (162 hectares) of largely unoccupied buildings, land and water. The Interface Land sites (see map below) form the last major undeveloped area in the former Naval Base. The site straddles the boundary of Chatham Historic Dockyard and Chatham Maritime and is identified in the 2004 Medway Waterfront Renaissance Strategy as, ‘presenting an opportunity for a stunning development that complements rather than competes’.

Chatham Interface Land

The Chatham Interface Land Development Brief 2017 has been drafted to update the Interface Land Development Framework Supplementary Planning Document 'Development Framework' adopted in October 2010, in order to reflect the changing economic and planning circumstances and enable the development of this key regeneration site to be brought forward. The Development Brief identifies the potential for a residential-led development with opportunities for supporting commercial uses (office, café/restaurant).

With links to policies S8 and S9 of the Medway Local Plan 2003, this Development Brief will ensure that the site is developed in a manner that complements the existing Historic Dockyard and is of a design appropriate to its sensitive historic setting. The Medway Local Plan 2003 allocation (Policy S9) states that a framework to guide development will be prepared jointly with Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust.

Once adopted the Development Brief will be a planning guidance document, which will be a material planning consideration against which decisions can be made in relation to development proposals on the sites.

Have your say - public consultation

Medway Council is now seeking comments on the content of the Chatham Interface Land Development Brief 2017 and the approach taken in shaping and managing development on the Interface Land sites. The public consultation period will run for 6 weeks beginning 10 November to 22 December 2017.

Comments can be submitted using the questionnaire (which can be downloaded below) and returned by email or by post to Medway Council’s Planning Policy team (see contact details at the bottom of the page).

All responses must be received by 5pm on Friday 22 December 2017.

Please be aware that all comments received will be publicly available and will be included on the council’s website.

Documents to download

How and where to view the document and questionnaire

Copies of the consultation document are available to view in hardcopy at:

Medway Council offices, Gun Wharf Reception, Chatham (during normal office hours)

Medway Council libraries/community hubs:

  • Chatham Library: Community Hub Chatham, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, ME4 4TX 
  • Gillingham Library: Community Hub Gillingham, High Street, Gillingham, ME7 1BG 
  • Rochester Library: Community Hub Rochester, Eastgate, Rochester, ME1 1EW
  • Strood Library: Community Hub Strood, 133 High Street, Strood, Rochester, ME2 4TJ 
  • Rainham Library: Birling Avenue, Rainham, Gillingham, ME8 7LR
  • Rainham Contact Point: 1-3 Station Road, Rainham, Gillingham, ME8 7RS

Details of the community hubs/contact points and their opening times can be found on the Council’s website at: www.medway.gov.uk/information/contactus/contactpointscommunityhubs.aspx


For further information and submission of comments on the consultation document, please contact:

Email: planning.policy@medway.gov.uk


Planning Policy

Medway Council

Gun Wharf

Dock Road


Kent ME4 4TR

Telephone: 01634 331629

Online: www.medway.gov.uk/interfaceland


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