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Lower Upnor Depot

Project Summary

  • This was a prominent brownfield former MOD site at Lower Upnor adjacent to the River Medway.  The buildings occupied a highly sensitive location within a conservation area containing Grade II* Listed Magazines and adjacent to a proposed World Heritage Site.
  • The proposal involved the conversion of historic buildings to employment and commercial uses, some demolition to create car parking and access and the erection of 20 new build town houses and a building for a rope making business.
  • A number of complicated planning issues needed to be resolved and heritage and design  were central issues involving lengthy negotiations with Medway’s Conservation Area Team and English Heritage.
  • Hume Planning headed up planning negotiations and the coordination of the project team successfully resolving along the way other complicated issues including viability, ecology, flood risk, archaeology and highway/access. 
  • A successful permission was secured following engagement with the local community, a presentation to the South East Regional Design Panel and members of Medway Council and the ongoing negotiations with the officers of Medway Council.