Major Rochester regeneration scheme given planning permission Posted on: January 12th, 2018 Leading property developer Countryside are currently working together with Hyde Group on one of the countries biggest and most exciting housing projects. Planning permission has now been approved for a £400m development in Rochester which will deliver up to 1,400 homes alongside a large commercial space at Rochester Riverside in Kent. And full planning permission has been awarded for the first three phases of the development. Andy Fancy, Managing Director of Countryside will be speaking at our Kent Development Plans Conference on the 29th January alongside Hyde’s Group Business Development Director David Gannicott, as they’ll delve further into their plans, the pipeline of opportunity for companies to get involved, and the future vision for Rochester Riverside. The former industrial land site, which comprises of 50 acres of brownfield development land, stretches all the way from the Bridge in the north to Doust Way in the south. Provisions have been made for a new community to be built with a primary school, hotel, parking and open space all part of the plan to open up 10 acres of space – with a pedestrian footbridge for access across the river. The first three stages will include 489 homes and a hotel, along with commercial floorspace and landscaping, and work is anticipated to be completed in 2019. Land owners Medway Council, along with Homes England, have been involved heavily in the development which is giving a boost to their housing targets – with 25% set to be affordable. Andy Fancy said of the project: ”It’s fantastic news that we’ve now been given the green light so that we can begin work on the project. Rochester Riverside will transform the area by offering new homes that will appeal to the whole community and provide a vital new hub for the local area. We’ve consulted with the local community throughout to deliver a landmark scheme that is not only in keeping with the surrounding architecture but will benefit the region.” David Gannicott added: ”These plans will deliver much needed affordable new homes for local people and we are delighted to be working in close partnership with them to transform this area of Rochester.” We look forward to hearing from both Countryside and The Hyde Group at the Kent Development Plans Conference in a few weeks time, along with Maidstone Borough Council, the Kent Medical Centre and Canterbury Christ Church University.