Albion Waterside, Estate Regeneration

Following extensive collaboration with Gravesham Borough Council, statutory consultees, local businesses and residents, our Kings Hill Planners and Development Economics team have secured planning permission for Joseph Homes’ regeneration proposal for Albion Waterside, delivering up to 1,500 homes.
 
The 5.5ha site, on the south bank of the River Thames in Gravesend, is an area rich with maritime history and boasting excellent rail links to central London, with a travel time of 24 mins to St Pancras International.
 
Identified for regeneration in the Local Plan since 1994, this scheme is positioned in a particularly challenging edge of town centre brownfield site, which has historically been subject to consents which have not been viable to develop.
 
Our team were tasked with securing permission for a deliverable scheme, which would enable the necessary remediation of the site which has been in industrial uses for over 100 years and the installation of a new River Wall, providing enhanced flood defences for the area. In addition, due to a relatively short option on the site, the application had to be prepared swiftly, with only 12 months between inception and submission.

COMPREHENSIVE PRE-APPLICATION ENGAGEMENT WITH GRAVESHAM BOROUGH COUNCIL, AND CRITICAL STATUTORY CONSULTEES ENABLED MOST OF THE COMPLICATIONS FACED WITH THIS CHALLENGING SITE TO BE RESOLVED EARLY ON. THE OUTCOME WAS THE RESULT OF A ROBUST AND TARGETED PLANNING STRATEGY, ACHIEVED IN A COMPRESSED TIMELINE OF JUST OVER 18 MONTHS. IT HAS BEEN A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH SUCH A PROGRESSIVE CLIENT, HELPING DELIVER THIS TRANSFORMATIVE DEVELOPMENT, THAT WILL BE THE CATALYST FOR FURTHER AMBITIOUS DEVELOPMENTS IN GRAVESHAM.

Paul Landsberg, Planning Director

Images: JTP

Project Details

  • 15 Minute Neighbourhood
  • 1,500 homes
  • 5.5ha brownfield site
  • 65% of the site public or communal open space
  • Range of sustainable transport measures
  • Varied building heights up to 23 storeys
  • Refurbishment of Grade II listed Swing Bridge
  • Heritage trail, including commemoration of a downed WW2 pilot
  • Play space for children of all ages
  • 4,500sqm of employment floorspace including shops, restaurants and workspaces
  • 172 employment opportunities on Site once completed
  • 385 direct construction jobs

The plans see this underutilised brownfield site redeveloped to create a mixed-use, 15 Minute Neighbourhood, providing a range of homes including much needed later living, affordable and build to rent properties, to help create a mixed and balanced community, alongside 4,500sqm of employment floorspace including shops, restaurants and workspaces that allow people to work locally not just from their homes.

The regeneration also offers a range of benefits, with 65% of the site consisting of public or communal open space, including a 350m River Walk, enabling access to a stretch of the River Thames previously inaccessible, and enhancements to existing pedestrian and cycle routes. 

New residents, as well as those existing in the surrounding area, will benefit from high-quality architecture and public realm, providing design-led improvements to health and wellbeing and promoting social interaction, such as the creation of a new heritage trail, celebrating the rich heritage of the site and surrounding area and new play space for children of all ages provided in accessible and secure areas.

The team successfully worked collaboratively through a pandemic and three lockdowns, to create proposals that the client and wider team are incredibly proud of, having fostered a strong relationship with the Council. Planning permission was secured in July 2021.

IT’S A HUGE STEP CHANGE FOR US AT JOSEPH HOMES, ONE WHICH WE’RE EXCITED TO BRING TO FRUITION. WE COULDN’T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT OUR AMAZING PROJECT TEAM.

Craig Carson, Joseph Homes

Take a look at the Albion Waterside, regeneration vision.