• 24 August 2020

Planning approved for The Charter

Waterman is delighted that planning has been approved by Gravesham Borough Council for The Charter, an exciting urban regeneration scheme located in Gravesend town centre.

Bringing new life to this historic town, the redevelopment will create crucial residential accommodation as part of a wider regeneration proposal close to the high street, river and train station.

Waterman were initially appointed by Edinburgh House Estates Limited to provide transport and environmental consultancy services from 2005 to 2017, continuing their services with developers Reef Group in 2018.

The approved plans will see two existing ground level car parks transformed into 242 new residential apartments built across three buildings ranging from three to ten-storeys high, with 20% as discounted market rent units. Carefully considered landscaping and a network of public routes will knit this integral part of Gravesend back together, with the provision of a 180-space multi-storey car park beside Gravesend Borough Market.

With our assistance, Reef Group discharged the pre-commencement planning conditions on the previous consented scheme including the highways conditions of Kent County Council. In addition to providing highways design and logistics advice, our team undertook environmental planning studies to support the planning application. This included preparing the Transport Assessment, Travel Plan, Delivery and Servicing Plan, Construction Environmental Management Plan, Air Quality Assessment, Noise Assessment, Preliminary Risk Assessment, and Ecological Impact Assessment. We also screened out the need to undertake EIA for the development, in consultation with Gravesham Borough Council.

Phil Duckworth, Design Director for Reef Group, said in a recent statement; “We are really pleased with the planning committee decision, which reflects the engagement and hard work the team have put in. Delivery of this carefully designed scheme will see a significant investment being made and regenerate a key part of the town centre.”

Pippa Kelly, Waterman’s Associate Director for Infrastructure & Environment, commented; “It is exciting to see the project approved to enable the team to move on to the next stage of design development. Having been associated with the project since 2005, we are delighted to have used our detailed local knowledge and good relationships with the local authorities to provide a stream-lined project management service that has helped push the planning programme to the finish line.”

Work is anticipated to start on site at the end of 2020.

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