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Clifton Slipways, Gravesend redevelopment is approved

CGI of Clifton Slipways development

CGI of Clifton Slipways development

Landowner Downriver Properties and architecture practice Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates’ plans for a large riverside housing development and regeneration of Gravesend’s historic pier have been approved.

The site is known as Clifton Slipways and was once home to Gravesend West Street station and the pier, which is now in disrepair, and was the terminus for boat trains connecting with passenger ferries crossing the Thames and the Channel.

The development, set across two new buildings, will be a mix of 39 one-bedroom apartments, 84 two-bedroom homes and 10 three-bedroom homes. The smaller of the two buildings will range from four to nine floors and the large will be 13-storeys. The scheme will only have 88 secure car parking spaces, including 12 disabled bays; however it will provide secure cycle parking for at least one bike per home.

The two-level iron pier will be restored as part of the project in order to provide public and private space, including new a glazed pavilion and public walkway. There is also a business unit included on the ground floor of the northern building, which is expected to be a cafe or restaurant.

Cllr William Lambert, vice-chairman of the board, said after the unanimous decision to approve the scheme: “It’s a very nice development, given the location and, the way the land falls away, it’s in keeping with the Heritage Quarter.

“Having the pier back into use is a real bonus. We are also in great need of homes.”
Despite planning being approved, there are a number of conditions, which are:

  • Kent County Council demanded a contribution of £55,482 to help expand St John’s Primary School, £3,004 towards the adult education centre, £3,713 towards street-based youth work, £6,386 towards library book stock and £6,191 towards social care.
  • A contribution of £29,736 towards bird protection on the North Kent Marshes
  • A financial contribution towards highway improvements, although the figure has yet to be decided
  • Deferred contributions for off-site affordable housing provision.

Construction of the scheme is expected to begin within 18 months, with a further 18 months before building is complete.

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