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A riverside regeneration project has secured a further three acres of land to build an extra 200 homes.

Developers of the Albion Waterside project, Gravesend, are set to submit a planning application to Gravesham council next month after re-shaping initial ideas following public consultation.

The re-imagined housing site, near Canal Road, with the extra 3.3 acres of land. Picture: JPT / Joseph Homes
The re-imagined housing site, near Canal Road, with the extra 3.3 acres of land. Picture: JPT / Joseph Homes

The plans aim to rejuvenate the area close to the canal basin and the Embankment Marina.

In October, Joseph Homes, the team behind the development, called for public feedback on its proposal.

Since then, it has secured an extra 3.3 acres of land next to Canal Road, which will enable the creation of more open space and bring together the firm's master plan to deliver homes.

Craig Carson, development director for Joseph Homes, hopes the construction will bring new opportunities to people and businesses in the area.

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.

The taller building towards the back of the image was moved to open up the west entrance. Picture: JPT / Joseph Homes
The taller building towards the back of the image was moved to open up the west entrance. Picture: JPT / Joseph Homes

Craig said: "We've had a lot of engagement from the local community including local businesses, which has been very beneficial for us.

"In general, I think it is fair to say that people want to see the site redeveloped and are excited by the proposals but recognise the challenges.

"We have been able to evolve our proposals to take account of the helpful comments received.

"It's such a rich and diverse place, and I strongly believe that the development proposals are much, much, more robust now due to the feedback received."

Following discussions with the Thames and Medway Canal Association, the development will also include a waterway which will run along the centre of the build.

The addition of a waterway to run through the centre of the site will "mark the history" of the area. Picture: JPT / Joseph Homes
The addition of a waterway to run through the centre of the site will "mark the history" of the area. Picture: JPT / Joseph Homes

Craig added: "It marks the history of the area, but it also helps us with a sustainable urban drainage system for the development, so it provides multiple benefits for the site.

"The extra land will enable us to deliver a great proportion of public open space, whilst also enabling us to stitch the master plan together to deliver the much-needed new homes."

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.

Joseph Homes aims for the development to be 60% open space. Picture: JPT / Joseph Homes
Joseph Homes aims for the development to be 60% open space. Picture: JPT / Joseph Homes

Craig said: "We're looking to get on site and start construction as soon as possible.

"We are really excited about bringing these proposals forward, working alongside the local community and Gravesham Borough Council."

It also plans to reposition a taller apartment block from the west entrance of the plot to the north edge along the river, to open up access from the Promenade.

Joseph Homes intends to hold another public consultation in February at a date yet to be confirmed.

People can find out more about the development and share their thoughts on the proposal via the website at albionwaterside.co.uk/

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