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Investment Opportunities

This page, which is updated periodically, describes key development sites and investment opportunities in North Kent, summarising the position in Q3 2017 - though in a dynamic situation we cannot guarantee that all information is fully up to date.  Enquiries about development sites and investment opportunities can also be directed to Locate in Kent.

Dartford

Dartford Northern Gateway 

This area identified for mixed-use development comprises a number of sites. These include the Phoenix Quarter, being delivered by Barratt Homes and Langley Square, a development by Weston Homes. The overall scheme will deliver around 1,300 new homes, 1,200 new jobs and a range of supporting facilities, including a primary school and a dedicated Fastrack rapid bus transit route.  The first phase of The Base, a hub for start-up businesses, is already operational and further sites for employment development have obtained planning consent.  For more information about the planning context, see further information.

Dartford Town Centre. 

Dartford Town Centre Development MapDartford Borough Council and the HCA are collaborating to bring forward marketing proposals for a portfolio of sites, including the former Co-op site and the Station Mound, served by the newly-refurbished railway station. Possible uses include Retail, Leisure and Residential and future accommodation for civic offices. At Lowfield St, consent has been granted for a major redevelopment of this part of the town centre, providing retail space of over 10,000m2, including an anchor store for the town centre, residential development and community facilities. Following the cancellation in January 2015 by Tesco of its planned store on this site, a comprehensive redevelopment scheme is being progressed by Meyer Homes.

The Bridge

SusConThis mixed development to the west of the Dartford-Thurrock Crossing will provide around 1,550 homes under a number of different phases and other facilities including a business/science park and school. Around 400 homes have already been completed.  The Nucleus innovation centre is completed and occupied, and the SusCon Academy for sustainable construction completed and in use. Completion of housing is expected 2022/3. Other commercial occupiers are moving onto the site, and the Leigh University Technical College opened in September 2014.  Click here for further information and latest update.

Bluewater  

BluewaterThe retail floor space at this leading regional shopping centre is being expanded by 20%, which is expected to create an additional 2,300 jobs in retail and associated occupations.

 

Ebbsfleet Garden City

In 2014, the then Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a new Garden City at Ebbsfleet, with the headline figure of up to 15,000 new homes supported by significant Government investment in infrastructure and delivery led by a dedicated new development corporation - see the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation (EDC) website for more information (there is also more background on our dedicated Ebbsfleet Garden City page. 

The EDC has developed a masterplan, or Implementation Framework, for the Garden City - click here for more details.

Development is underway on a number of sites within the Development Corporation's boundary, including new housing at Springhead Park, Castle Hill and Ebbsfleet Green, together with new schools and other infrastructure: key milestones can be tracked here

London Paramount Entertainment Resort - concept image, courtesy of London Resort Company HoldingsSwanscombe Peninsula  Adjoining Ebbsfleet and strategically placed to exploit the potential of Ebbsfleet International station is the 353 hectare Swanscombe Peninsula.  Proposals are at pre-planning stage for a major entertainment resort. The £3.2billion development would be twice the size of the Olympic Park in East London, featuring theatres, live music venues, attractions, cinemas, restaurants, event space, hotels, associated retail and ancillary development. It is estimated the development might include 5,000 hotel bedrooms and create 25,000 full time equivalent jobs. The scheme is being dealt with through the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects process, with planning and other applications expected in Spring 2018, start on site in 2019/20 and opening in 2023.  Further information on the NSIP process can be found here, and other detail on the project, including information about consultations undertaken in preparation for its planning application, on the company's website.

 

There is an EDC-sponsored publication giving regular updates on inward investment opportunities in the Garden City.

Gravesham

Gravesend Town Centre

Gravesend - Canal BasisAround 1,250 new homes and 1,500 new jobs will be created in and around the Gravesend Town Centre, focusing on four major sites (Heritage Quarter, Canal Basin, North East Gravesend and Clifton Slipways) capitalising on the 22 minute high-speed train service direct to London and other public transport interchange improvements in the town’s new Transport Quarter (including £19 million upgrade of Gravesend station and the £8.1 million Rathmore Road link).

Medway

Chatham Centre

3,682 new homes and 2,700 new jobs (in 50,000m of employment floor space) will be created adjoining the renowned Historic Dockyard and waterfront centre – in addition to significant retail (6,800m2) and leisure opportunities.  There is an adopted development brief for the Centre and Waterfront. 

Chatham Maritime

Chatham Maritime - Dockside and St Mary's IslandTo complete the regeneration of Chatham Maritime there remain two outstanding development opportunities on this well established and prestigious development. St Mary’s Island and the area between Chatham Maritime and Chatham Historic Dockyard will deliver a further 1,400 new homes and around 10,000m2 of commercial space.   The Homes & Communities Agency is working closely with Countryside Maritime Ltd (its joint venture with Countryside Properties) and the Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust in progressing the component schemes.

Gillingham WaterfrontArtist's impression of the entrance to Pier Road development in Gillingham - Medway Council

A private sector led scheme to deliver 775 new homes and over 2,200m2 of mixed commercial space.  The scheme includes Victory Pier.

Chatham Waters Chatham Waters - courtesy of Peel Group

Peel Land & Property are transforming a 10.5 hectare brownfield site adjacent to Chatham Maritime. This mixed-use scheme is expected to provide around 950 new homes and 3,500 jobs in 180,000m2 of commercial space, and also includes the new Medway University Technical College which opened in September 2015.  Latest update.

Rochester Riverside Rochester Riverside aerial photo

This prestigious site is in a prime location served by the re-located railway station opened in 2015 and linking directly into Rochester town centre. Once complete, the site offers potential for 1,200-1,500 homes and around 29,400m2 of mixed commercial space (employment, hotel and retail).  The vision for Rochester Riverside is established in the 2014 Rochester Riverside Development Brief and Masterplan, adopted by Medway as a Supplementary Planning Document in September 2014. The first phase of affordable housing was completed in 2012 and the Council and HCA have appointed Countryside Properties as development partner to deliver the remaining phases of the scheme.  Latest update.

Strood Artist's impression of how Strood town centre might look in the future - Medway Council

The extensive waterfront area extends from the M2, through Temple Waterfront and Strood town centre, to Strood Riverside adjoining Strood station. It includes a number of distinct mixed-use development opportunities that will be complemented by infrastructure improvements in the centre and the refurbishment of the station that already offers access to HS1 services. In total these opportunities are expected to result in over 2,054 new homes, 42,300 m2 of employment floor space and 22,500m2 of retail.

Rochester Airport Technology Park (RATP)

Situated close to the M2 and adjacent to a major BAE Systems complex, this strategic location is to be developed as a technology and knowledge-based cluster. The Masterplan was adopted in 2014, and the initial redevelopment scheme was granted planning permission in January 2015; this permission was subsequently quashed and a re-submitted application is expected in early 2017. £4.4 million has been allocated from the Local Growth Fund, via the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, to help deliver the initial stages of the scheme.  The RATP is one of the three schemes included in the North Kent Enterprise Zone.

Lodge Hill, Chattenden

This is the only proposed freestanding new settlement in the Thames Gateway, and occupies former military land on the Hoo Peninsula. The development would provide up to 5,000 new homes and a similar number of new jobs in 44,100m2 mixed commercial space with associated health, education, retail, hotel and other community facilities. Part of the site was confirmed by Natural England as a SSSI in November 2013, leading to withdrawal of the submission draft Core Strategy.  A revised outline planning application submitted by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation / Land Securities was granted consent by Medway Council in September 2014; this was subsequently (February 2015) called-in for decision by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.  Latest update.

Medway – Swale Arc Assisted Area

North Kent has potential to become a major manufacturing hub for the offshore renewable energy industry, with the potential to create 2,000 new jobs at the Port of Sheerness alone. This potential, and the wider opportunities for growth building upon the existing concentrations of manufacturing and innovation in Medway and Swale, underpins the concept of the Medway-Swale Arc, which is included in the Assisted Areas Map 2014-20.  Latest update.

The Arc includes a cluster of sites suitably sized and positioned to accommodate the integrated manufacture of blades, gearboxes, nacelles, towers and foundations for offshore wind turbines. These include potential for includes facilities which allow for the shipping in of components; laying‚Äźdown and assembly; shipping and deployment of completed turbines; associated supply chain operations; storage and distribution of parts; and warranty maintenance. Further supply chain support is available from across Kent and Medway, but particularly at the nearby manufacturing clusters at Sittingbourne and Medway along with R&D support at the Kent Science Park. The Medway Superhub

Together with operations and maintenance facilities at the Port of Ramsgate, these facilities contribute towards the South East CORE (Centre for Offshore Renewable Engineering, formerly the Kent CORE), one of only six such centres in England. The cluster of sites includes:

  • Port of Sheerness - 50 hectares, port facilities, rail
  • London Thamesport - 75 hectares, port facilities, rail
  • London Medway Commercial Park (Kingsnorth) - 46.5 hectare, water access
  • Queenborough and Rushenden - 18 hectare, mixed commercial
  • Ridham Dock - 4 hectare, water access

Latest update

You can find more information about the South East CORE including brochures and TGKP's support for its development here

Swale

Kent Science Park

This prestigious 22 hectare site provides high security, high quality accommodation for innovatory businesses, particularly in ICT and bio-sciences. A 4 hectare expansion to provide an additional 3,000 m2 of floor space is underway. Ambitious plans for a further expansion to create a further 100,000 m2 of floor space providing 3,000 jobs require major infrastructure investment, particularly a new motorway junction (M2 J5A) to overcome restrictions on the existing network (viewed as a first step towards providing a new link between the M2 and A2 and with potential to unlock other development opportunities beyond current planning horizons).  Latest update.

Sittingbourne Town Centre

There are a number of developments proposed for the town centre. These include the redevelopment of the Bell Centre Arcade, completion of the housing component of the Sittingbourne Mill re-development and the town centre redevelopment proposed by the Spirit of Sittingbourne consortium (which would include redevelopment of land currently occupied by Council offices). These could provide around 500 homes and significant mixed use commercial space. The Milton Creek site on the northern edge of the town centre offers potential for 400 homes and 700 jobs. Latest update.

A key factor to support sustainable development around Sittingbourne and as far as Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey is capacity at Junction 5 of the M2 / A249 Stockbury Roundabout.  The Government has now included improvements at Junction 5 to its road investments strategy.  Latest update.

The 17 hectare Phase 5 of the successful Eurolink business estate has been granted permission and is expected to provide a further 1,000 jobs in over 43,000 m2 of industrial and logistics development. Eurolink already provides accommodation for over 250 companies employing around 6,500 people.  Latest update.

Queenborough and Rushenden 

Currently owned by the Homes & Communities Agency, this package of sites on the Isle of Sheppey will deliver up to 1,100 new homes within a historic existing community, alongside approximately 180,000m2 of commercial space at Neats Court, which could create up to 2,000 jobs.   Both sites are well served by the new Rushenden Link Road connecting to the A249.  Background information can be found here.

A cluster of sites in the Garden City is included in the TGKP-led North Kent Enterprise Zone:

Northfleet Embankment - looking from East to WestNorthfleet Embankment comprises two sites (East and West) totalling around 70 hectares on the western edge of Gravesend town centre close to Ebbsfleet International.  Northfleet Embankment West site has outline planning permission the potential to deliver around 500 houses and 46,000 m2 of employment space (at least 37,000m2 in the Enterprise Zone) through a mixed-use scheme, while Northfleet Embankment East is split into a 600 home residential scheme on the eastern portion of the site, delivered by Keepmoat Homes, and employment land on the western and southern portion with the aim of delivering around 24,000m2 of employment land.  The third site at Northfleet Rise is adjacent to Ebbsfleet International Railway Station and is earmarked for around 32,000m2 high density employment land benefiting from its location at the heart of central Ebbsfleet.  Visit North Kent Enterprise Zone or the dedicated NKEZ website for more information.