Riverside development given the go-ahead

Planning approval has been granted for Clifton Slipways, a mixed-use project on West Street in Gravesend, Kent.

Gravesham Borough Council has approved the application, which will see the redevelopment of a brownfield site.

Clifton Slipways is led by mixed-use developer Quinn Estates.

Ben Geering, development director at Quinn Estates, said: “We are delighted by Gravesham Borough Council’s decision to approve Clifton Slipways.

“This high-quality scheme can now be at the heart of Gravesend’s regeneration, providing significant investment of over £4.3m in S106 agreements and providing homes and jobs for the town, supporting local businesses and services.

“By making the best use of a derelict site to create a landmark development and more than half an acre of riverside public space, the project will reconnect the town and its people with the Thames.

“Over the past 18 months, Quinn Estates has worked proactively to respond to matters raised by consultees and stakeholders and ensure our proposals reflected them, so this is a positive decision.

“[The] vote means we can progress without delay to deliver much-needed riverside regeneration at Clifton Slipways. Construction is planned to start onsite in Q1 2021.”

The scheme will include a £2.9m restoration of the West Street Pier, which has been in disrepair for half a century.

A start-up business hub at Pier Works, as well as 2,600 sq. m of new public realm and the creation of over 100 long-term jobs are part of Quinn Estates’ plans for breathing new life into the pier.

Some 227 new one and two bedroom riverside apartments will be a 10-minute walk from Gravesend train station, with its 24 minute route to London St Pancras.

Of these new homes, 10% will provide affordable discount market rent.

The wider development will include investment in public realm improvements, including traffic calming and wider cycle and footpaths along West Street and Stuart Road.

The proposals also provide new and improved flood defences to protect Gravesend against the impact of climate change.

Construction will start onsite in the first quarter of 2021.