Last week at the Gravesham Council planning committee there were two successful schemes approved by members where Tetlow King Planning (TKP) had acted as the planning consultant.
The first scheme sought the redevelopment of part of the former Hospital site to deliver 115 residential apartments through the conversion of the existing building with rooftop additions as well as new built elements. Permission had previously been granted for the demolition of all buildings and new development however the current clients determined that the main structure was capable of sympathetic conversion with the addition of rooftop extensions to make the most of the original structure. The council were convinced by the benefits of the scheme and resolved to grant consent subject to conditions and a legal agreement.
The second application sought the redevelopment of a former sports/social club that was taken into the council’s ownership with the view of redeveloping to provide new improved sports facilities. The application sought to provide a range of natural and 3G playing pitches that would be available for youth academy training and education, as well as access for the wider public alongside a modern clubhouse facility that would cater for a range of social functions. The scheme had the backing of Sport England following various amendments and was therefore supported by officers who acknowledged the benefits that would be delivered from the redevelopment. Following a considered debate, members ultimately approved the scheme determining that the proposals met the aspirations set out by the council for the redevelopment of the site.
Iain Warner, Director, stated that both sites brought their own distinct benefits locally. The former hospital redevelopment secured the delivery of much needed housing locally whilst the redevelopment of the former sports/social club with new improved facilities provides a wider community benefit through sport and education as well as additional well-being facilities provided on-site.