Proposed development at Lodge Hill, Chattenden
In May 2008, Land Securities was selected as Land Sale Delivery Partner by Defence Infrastructure Organisation for its ownership at Lodge Hill. Lodge Hill has the potential to be a new sustainable and integrated community, capitalising on its exceptional setting, complementing and supporting nearby settlements and the Hoo Peninsula as a whole.
It will be a distinctive place that connects to the surrounding rich countryside, with a land use pattern that minimises the need to travel. It will be an exemplar for the Thames Gateway in the way that it minimises its impact on the environment and provides for an excellent quality of life for all its residents.It will also become an important focus for higher value economic activities, taking advantage of its location between urban Medway and the existing and emerging industries at Grain and Kingsnorth. It will be a resilient place that is capable of adapting to environmental, social and other changes over the long term.
Land Securities submitted an Outline Planning Application (OPA) to Medway Borough Council in November 2011 (ref. MC/11/2516) and updated it in April 2012.
Natural England made a decision in November 2013 to designate part of the Lodge Hill site as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Given the time elapsed since the OPA was submitted to Medway Council, and its recent designation as being partly within a SSSI, Land Securities has submitted new OPA documentation with updated reports and studies to assist Medway Council in deciding the application. The development proposals have not changed, but the assessment of their impact upon the site has been updated, in light of its new designation.
The new documentation can be accessed on Medway Council’s website using the reference number above (www.medway.gov.uk).
In the coming days details of a public information event will be announced by Land Securities. This event will explain the development and the changes to the status of the site since the application was originally submitted in November 2011. Please contact us via this website to find out more information.