Published: 17:11, 12 March 2021
| Updated: 11:49, 15 March 2021
Plans for 1,500 homes to be built next to the River Thames have been submitted.
The Albion Waterside Development, in Gravesend, would see the creation of around 400 jobs if approved.
After re-shaping initial ideas following a public consultation in October, developers Joseph Homes submitted an official application to Gravesham council earlier this week.
The plans aim to rejuvenate the area close to the canal basin and the Embankment Marina.
Current buildings and structures on the site, near Canal Road, would be demolished to make way for the development, which will include 764 car parking spaces and 40 motorcycle spaces.
Development director for Joseph Homes, Craig Carson, said: "We are really pleased to have submitted our regeneration proposal for Albion Waterside, which we worked very closely on with Gravesham Borough Council as well as the local businesses and residents.
"We appreciate how important Albion Waterside is to the local area and economy, so it was vital to understand their vision, which has helped us to shape our proposal.
"Our plans will see the underutilised brownfield site redeveloped to create a mixed-use, 15-minute neighbourhood, designed to give residents everything they need within a few minutes of their front doors.
"Our proposal demonstrates how we will deliver up to 1,500 homes with a range of tenures including; later living, affordable housing and built to rent, together with 4,500sqm of employment floor space for shops, restaurants and workspaces that will allow people to work locally, not just from their homes.
"Collaborating with the local community and Gravesham Borough Council has meant that our proposal has been designed around a true commitment to the community and the planet, considering the needs of the current residents, whilst respecting the rich maritime history of the area."
Along with the homes, a beer tap room, creative workspaces, an outlet for locally-curated produce and a boat workshop are amongst potential commercial properties envisioned for the site.
Following discussions with the Thames and Medway Canal Association, it will also include a waterway which will run along the centre of the build.
A key theme of the development is the provision of open space and communal areas which encapsulate the history of the site.
It aims for 60% to be green spaces and public footpaths.
If approved, it is hoped construction will begin in early 2022, and is estimated it would take 10-12 years to complete.
Gravesham council's planning committee is reviewing the proposal.