On Wednesday 21 July 2021, Gravesham Borough Council’s Planning Committee voted unanimously to resolve to grant planning consent for the mixed use regeneration of Albion Waterside. Over the last year or so, Albion Waterside has been co-designed with the local community using digital methods of engagement and, where possible, face to face meetings.
The planning application reference number is 20210270. To see the submitted proposals please visit Gravesham Borough Council’s planning portal here.
For more information about the process and to view a summary of the submitted proposals visit albionwaterside.co.uk. The most recent newsletter can be downloaded here and the planning submission presentation can be downloaded here.
Joseph Homes is pleased to be bringing forward the proposal for this residential-led, mixed-use development in accordance with the aims of the Gravesham Borough Council Core Strategy Policy CS04, that identifies Albion Waterside site as a regeneration area, and in consultation with the local community. Over the summer the local community was asked about their likes and dislikes of the area and their dreams for the future regeneration of the Albion Waterside site. More than 40 people responded to the consultation by returning Freepost postcards and via the “Communities” platform on the AlbionWaterside.co.uk website.
Many respondents acknowledged the need for new homes and agreed that Albion Waterside will be an ideal regeneration opportunity, with the canal basin a focus for the redevelopment. Ideas included maximising the potential of existing landscape and water assets, including greening along the Thames and Medway Canal alignment, and enhancing pedestrian and cycle links to Fort Gardens and the River Thames. Key matters raised by respondents included the height and massing of new buildings in relation to the Marina, sensitivity to existing river views and traffic on surrounding roads. These views and ideas were shared with the design team as they prepared the Vision for the site which was presented to the community on 2 September 2020. Reflecting the heritage of the site the Vision includes:
- Provision for a range of up to 1,300 homes
- Business opportunities with up to 4,500m2 employment space
- Attractive, welcoming public space
- Extensive access to the waterside, including a Riverside Promenade
Albion Waterside will deliver a greener environment with energy efficient buildings and with a new mobility hub, promoting green and sustainable modes of transport to and from the site. The Vision also includes improvements to the Saxon Shoreway and commemoration of WW2 Hurricane pilot, Flight Sergeant Eric Williams.
Following the September presentation, our design team continued to develop the proposals in the light of comments received and updated the community in a second Zoom presentation on Wednesday 18 November 2020.
Following further design development, a final Zoom presentation was held to show the submitted planning application proposals on Wednesday 24 February 2021 and a planning application was submitted to Gravesham Borough Council in late February 2021 for consideration. The planning application reference number is 20210270. To see the submitted proposals please visit Gravesham Borough Council’s planning portal here.
Following the Council’s statutory consultation process, on Wednesday 21 July 2021, Gravesham Borough Council’s Planning Committee voted unanimously to resolve to grant planning consent for the mixed use regeneration of Albion Waterside.
For more information please contact the JTP community planning team at firstname.lastname@example.org.