Published: 16:02, 05 July 2021
| Updated: 10:55, 06 July 2021
Developers looking to build 1,500 riverside homes hope to hear if their bid has been successful this week.
Councillors are being asked to decide on extensive plans for a brownfield site beside the Gravesend Canal Basin which has been named the Albion Waterside.
The land covers an area equivalent to just over 10 football fields and existing buildings will have to be demolished.
A full planning application put forward by JH Milton Ltd for one part of the site and an application in outline for the rest will be debated by Gravesham council's planning committee on Wednesday.
The proposals include improvements to the junction at Milton Road and Ordnance Road, 4,500 square metres of commercial space, 750 car parking spaces, electric vehicle charging points, and a shuttle bus service to the town centre.
The homes contained within blocks of between six and 23 storeys in height would be studios, duplexes, and apartments between one and three bedrooms.
Developers want 65% of the development to be open space, with plans for a riverside walkway and a heritage trail.
A report presented to councillors states the development would offer "economic benefits, high-quality public realm and recreation spaces".
It adds: "The proposals offer a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity to bring forward the regeneration of this underutilised and somewhat neglected brownfield riverside site."
We reported back in January how if approved, it is hoped construction will begin in early 2022, and is estimated to take 10-12 years to complete.
The council's planning department has recommended the committee delegate authority to the planning service manager and committee chairman to grant permission providing a number of conditions are met. They include a referral to the Secretary of State, as it is a departure from the adopted Development Plan, and the completion of a legal agreement to maximise the delivery of affordable housing.
This is in spite of the Environment Agency being among those raising objections due to their concerns over the flood risk. The Royal Yachting Association and Gravesend Sailing Club also jointly objected saying the development would affect wind conditions at the club's access point to the Thames.