Rochester, Kent, ME1

Rochester is a town and historic city in the unitary authority of Medway in Kent, and was for many years a favourite of Charles Dickens. Charles Dickens owned nearby Gads Hill Place and Higham, basing many of his novels on the area. The Diocese of Rochester, the second oldest in England, is based at Rochester Cathedral and was responsible for the founding of a school, which is recognised as being the second oldest continuously running school in the world. Rochester Castle, which was built by Bishop Gundulf of Rochester, was held against the king having been captured by baronial forces during the First Barons' War (1215–1217) in King John's reign. Neighbouring Chatham, Gillingham, Strood and a number of outlying villages, together with Rochester, nowadays make up the Medway Unitary Authority area.

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Rochester Riverside Project
Rochester Riverside is a flagship project in Medway Council’s regeneration programme. The site comprises 21 hectares of brownfield development land, stretching from Rochester Bridge to the north and Doust Way to the south. Whilst meeting the Council’s objective of providing new homes and jobs for Medway, the development at Rochester Riverside will bring other benefits including a range of publicly accessible open spaces, retail and leisure facilities as well as improvements to the ‘Gateways’ between the River Medway and Rochester High Street.

Old homes, new homes alike
The Rochester Riverside project will create up to 1,400 homes along the River Medway. As well as houses and flats, the development will include public open spaces, a riverside walk, a new primary school, hotel, office space, shops and restaurants.

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