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23 May 2022

Chatham Waters’ nursing home for the elderly and more green space get the go ahead

Plans for a new nursing home and more green space for the community have been approved for Peel L&P’s Chatham Waters development in Medway, Kent.

Medway Council has granted planning consent for specialist healthcare provider Montpelier Estates to build a 74-bed nursing home to support older people and those with dementia in the community, creating around 80 new jobs.

The development, across four floors will feature a large roof terrace, garden, bistro café, hairdressers, cinema and space for community events, relaxation and keep fit activities.

The development is part of Peel L&P’s wider plans to start the delivery of more than 300 new homes this year, 237 of which would be affordable housing in partnership with Legal & General Affordable Homes (LGAH).

Montpelier Estates’ nursing home will continue to support Peel L&P’s vison to create a new mixed-use development with a variety of residential homes at Chatham Waters.

Proposals for more public realm and green space for the community including trees, seating and play areas were also given planning consent at the same time.

Chatham Waters is just 36 minutes from London St Pancras by train and a mix of residential, commercial, retail, leisure and education space by the River Medway.

Peel L&P has already invested £100m in Chatham Waters, created around 750 jobs and completed almost 400 of the 950 total homes from the outline planning permission that was granted in 2013.

Peel L&P has also made significant financial contributions towards highway infrastructure, public transport links, education, health, sports facilities, waste & recycling facilities, training and workforce, Great Lines Heritage Park as well as creating five acres of quality public realm that also acts a flood defence for the entire site.

In addition, the 26-acre site is home to a University Technical College, Marston’s family restaurant, Asda Superstore and extensive public realm.

James Whittaker, Peel L&P’s Executive Director of Development said: “Our Chatham Waters development is bringing important investment in housing retail, commercial, education, leisure and quality public realm on brownfield land.

“We’ve also invested heavily in the remediation of this land following its former heavy manufacturing use and created significantly more jobs than have been previously available to support the local economy.

“Our vision for Chatham Waters’ residential offer is to create a range of housing to meet local needs including affordable homes, discounted rent and shared ownership and we’re pleased to get the go ahead to add important care facilities for the community to this which will be complemented by public realm and more green space to enjoy.”

Anna Ciesielska, Director of Montpelier Estates said: “Working with Peel L&P has been a great experience and it has been wonderful to be part of their vision for a new community.”

More information about Chatham Waters here. 

Planning information

Planning approval was granted on 25 April 2022.