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City: Rochester, Kent

Postcode: ME1 1GE

Architect: BPTW

Architect contact number: 020 8293 5175

Developer: Countryside Properties, The Hyde Group.

Contractor: Countryside Properties

Planning Authority: Medway Council

Planning consultant: BPTW

Planning Reference: MC/21/3485

Date of Completion: 04/2025

Schedule of Accommodation: 53 x 1B ,73 X 2B, 6 X 3B, 22 X 4B

Tenure Mix: 90% Private, 10% Shared Ownership

Total number of homes: 154 homes

Site size (hectares): 2.22ha

Net Density (homes per hectare): 69 homes per hectare

Size of principal unit (sq m): 142.5 sq.m (Lapwing)

Smallest Unit (sq m): 50.2 sq.m (1B2P)

Largest unit (sq m): 165.7sq.m (Amherst)

No of parking spaces: 191

Planning History:
Rochester Riverside Phase 7 is a reserved matters application being appearance, landscaping and layout. The site is at the southernmost tip of the masterplan and is the next full phase to follow the initial hybrid application consisting of outline approval for up to 1,400 homes and detailed approval for Phases 1-3. Reserved Matters Application Submitted 01/12/2021 Reserved Matters Application Validated 01/12/2021 Statutory Expiry Date 02/03/2022

Description of the design:
Phase 7 builds on the established design principles of the Rochester Riverside masterplan, forging connections between neighbouring Chatham Intra to the south and earlier phases of the masterplan to the north. The development creates two new character areas, both of which continue to draw on the surrounding architectural narrative of Rochester through their materials, roofscapes, detailing and proportions, whilst maximising views over both the stunning riverside location and historic town. Two new and bespoke house types have been introduced, Oystercatcher and Lapwing, which continue to serve a diverse community and overcome the challenges of building on the narrowest site in the masterplan. Designed to back onto the riverfront houses, Oystercatcher offers residents an upside-down layout with bedrooms located on the ground floor and an open plan living/kitchen/dining room on the top, accompanied by a roof terrace which affords glimpses through to the River Medway. Lapwing, located on the riverfront at Stanley Wharf, is entered at the street to the rear and has a kitchen dining space that opens to a garden on the riverside with a spectacular high level view of the river. The landscaping steps down from individual gardens into the river walk and raised planting which provides privacy. Striking pitched rooflines animate the area and a landmark apartment block on the corner acts as a prominent bookend to the masterplan, aiding wayfinding around the site. This phase continues to build connections between Rochester’s historic centre and the riverfront, drawing inspiration from the surrounding vernacular and enabling the development to knit seamlessly into the wider masterplan. The extension and enhancement of an existing public square on Doust Way provides high quality recreation space as well as a link to Rochester’s high street and other surrounding amenity spaces, such as the new Rochester high-speed train station.

Choose a few key elements you want to promote:
• Rochester Riverside Phase 7 celebrates high quality architecture and builds on principles outlined in previous phases by referencing the site’s industrial heritage in the scheme’s design; this is particularly signified in the design of the landmark flat block at the north of the site. A new house type (Lapwing) turns tight site constraints into an opportunity to provide a unique living experience, offering multiple amenity spaces with river views. • Wellbeing and landscaping remain important considerations. Maximising physical and visual connections to the Medway has driven the development as well as providing a range of dwellings to promote a



  • Multi-Aspect Apartments
  • Innovative House Types
  • Mews
  • Detached
  • Semi-detached
  • Terrace
  • Town house


  • Medium density


  • Private Ownership
  • Shared Ownership
  • Mixed Tenure



  • Brickwork
  • Contemporary Design
  • Traditional
  • Local Vernacular
  • Vernacular


  • Sustainable

Outdoor areas

  • Private Terraces
  • Outside Terrace
  • Biodiversity
  • Garden

Surrounding Area

  • Healthy Streets
  • Landscape
  • POS
  • Public open space


The Rochester Riverside scheme forms a new extension to the existing historical city. The scheme has been developed to form a symbiotic relationship with the historical quarter and key to this is the promotion of a clear network of streets to promote walking and cycling. The scheme encourages new residents to engage with old Rochester rather than create a new self-contained quarter. The roofs to new apartment blocks are designed to maximise PV panels which contribute towards the lifetime running of the buildings and houses with internal garages have EV charging capacity.


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Further Details

Building for a Healthy Life


Building with Nature


Home Quality Mark


Up Front Carbon Assessment


Circular Economy Assessment Plan


Community Impact (Social Value)


Well/BREEAM (for mixed-use schemes)


Post Occupancy Evaluation


Post occupancy evaluation was carried out with the universities.

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