Medway's regeneration programme takes major step forward with the submission of a planning application for Temple Waterfront

Lafarge Cement UK is seeking outline planning permission for the Temple Waterfront project in Medway. The scheme will provide for up to 620 homes and 12,300 sq metres of mixed-use employment and retail floorspace, creating up to 250 jobs. Development at the 28-hectare site, which is jointly owned with Medway Council and timber merchants Morgan and Company, would mean £100 million of private sector investment.

Proposed community services include shops, community facilities and access to public transport through the site. Access along the site’s 800m-long waterfront will be greatly improved through investment in paths and open space management. Wildlife habitats will be protected and enhanced.

Morgan Timber will remain on site in improved premises and their business will continue without interruption.

The planning application follows the signing by Lafarge Cement UK and Medway Council of a Planning Performance Agreement (PPA), a new system designed to streamline the planning process for large-scale development proposals. It is a voluntary agreement, drawn up between developer and local authority, formally setting out what is expected from all parties throughout the planning application process.

Temple Waterfront is first use of a PPA in the Thames Gateway regeneration area.