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Shops in Church Street, Chatham to go to make way for flats

By Nicola Jordan

Businesses in Chatham town centre are to be demolished after councillors approved plans to build a block of flats.

The triangular site in Church Street, off the High Street, has been home to a dry cleaners, a cafe, a shop, a tattoo studio and a car repair yard.

But plans have been approved at last night’s planning meeting for 21 flats. 

Church Street, Chatham

Church Street, Chatham

Planning officers feel the proposal is in line with council policy of encouraging residential development in town centres.

A report to councillors described the existing buildings as being in a poor state and the new development would enhance the vitality of the town.

Seveoaks developer Fastgrow Investments wants to create a five and six-storey building containing one and two-bedroom flats featuring an oast-style tower.

Existing businesses will be supported in relocating after Medway Labour leader Cllr Vince Maple spoke at the meeting. 

He said: "I've spoken to a number of residents who are not opposed to development but are worried about existing businesses."

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